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'Slavery in St. Louis' exhibit

Friday, February 23

More dates through February 29, 2024

Olin Library, Main Lobby (1st floor)
Olin Library, Brookings Dr, St. Louis, MO

The famous Black abolitionist William Wells Brown once remarked, “No part of our slave-holding country is more noted for the barbarity of its inhabitants than St. Louis.” This exhibition tells the story of slavery in St. Louis through primary source documents, historic images, and individual stories of enslavement across nine banners covering the founding of St. Louis from 1764 to the Reconstruction era. 

The Slavery in St. Louis exhibition also discusses how present-day institutions, including Washington University, are researching and working to address their historical entanglements with slavery.

This exhibition was organized by the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site.

Event Type



Humanities & Society



Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
University Libraries
Event Contact

Kelly Schmidt | kschmidt@wustl.edu

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