Presented by the Missouri History Museum | March 11, 2017 - April 15, 2018 | FREE
#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis examines the local civil rights movement and the city’s leading role in advancing the cause of racial justice. From ground-level activism to groundbreaking court rulings, St. Louis has been front and center in contesting racial inequities. #1 in Civil Rights uncovers a history that's compelling and complex, but that all too often has been overlooked in the telling and retelling of the larger national narrative. That narrative includes four precedent-setting Supreme Court civil rights cases that originated in St. Louis—possibly the most to ever reach the High Court from one source. It also includes events and battles that had significant and lasting impact.
The ACTivisits Project
While in the exhibit gallery, you'll like encounter an MHM ACTivist. The ACTivists portray a selection of characters who tell the story of the African American freedom struggle in St. Louis. These staff members will answer questions following performances, either as the characters they are portraying or as modern day museum interpreters. You may be asked to participate with the ACTivists. Please join in as you are comfortable; it is also fine to just watch. The ACTivists Project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.