John A. Wright Sr., Fulbright Scholar, educator, and historian, has compiled a visual and narrative record of African Americans in Downtown St. Louis that, for the first time in a single book, documents the pivotal role this area and its residents played in shaping the nation from the time of the Civil War to the era of Civil Rights.
African Americans in Downtown St. Louisby John A. Wright Sr.
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Since the founding of St. Louis in 1764, Downtown St. Louis has been a center of black cultural, economic, political, and legal achievements that have shaped not only the city of St. Louis, but the nation as well. From James Beckworth, one of the founders of Denver, Colorado, to Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln's seamstress and author of the only behind-the-scenes account of Lincoln's White House years, black residents of Downtown St. Louis have made an indelible mark in American history. From the monumental Dred Scott case to entertainers such as Josephine Baker, Downtown St. Louis has been home to many unforgettable faces, places, and events that have shaped and strengthened the American experience for all.
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