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#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis
#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis
#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis
March 11, 2017 - April 15, 2018

Find out about Group Programs for this exhibit

#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.

Admission to this exhibition is FREE.

Organized by the Missouri History Museum.


Gwen Moore, curator of urban landscape and community identity, discusses the development of the exhibition #1 in Civil Rights. 


#1 in Civil Rights Family Bags

Check out a Family Gallery Bag on your next visit to the exhibit! Recommended for families with children ages 4 and up, the bags contain storybooks, parent resources, and activity guides that encourage careful looking, thinking, imagination, and meaningful conversation. Draw, write a poem, learn a song, and gain knowledge about civil rights in St. Louis. Bags can be checked out from the information desks on the ground floor of the Museum.


The ACTivists Project

Two ACTivists perform at a local St. Louis schoolWhile in the #1 in Civil Rights gallery, you'll likely encounter an MHM ACTivist. The ACTivists portray a selection of real-life historical figures 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're portraying or as modern-day museum interpreters. ACTivists will be in the exhibition whenever it's open, other than for short breaks of 30 minutes or less.

Please note: You may be asked to participate with the ACTivists. Please join in as you're comfortable. It is also fine to just watch.

Are you a teacher interested in bringing an ACTivist to your classroom? Click here to learn more about this exciting FREE opportunity.

The ACTivists Project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

#1 in Civil Rights sponsors

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