Bring Attention to Missouri's Role in Slavery

Bring Attention to Missouri's Role in Slavery

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Lawson Dyson started this petition to Saint Louis and

Missouri has a long and tenuous history involving their own actions regarding the American slave trade, however, they refuse to recognize it. 

Listed on the National Park Service website for the Gateway Arch, the language and framing of the topic alludes to how slavery in Saint Louis differed from many other states due to a "low" amount of slaves and ability to work services jobs such as their favorite slave to mention, Dred Scott. But why not the mention of the historic slave pens of Bernard M. Lynch  that Busch Stadium is built on top of today? Or "Little Dixie" which were 13 counties in Saint Louis that had the highest slave population and did have plantations? Or better yet, how the Old Courthouse in downtown Saint Louis was used as a prominent vehicle for slave auctions

Yes, Saint Louis you can keep reminding the nation how you were a part of the Union and had free African Americans, but to blatantly post it online and not take ownership of your wrongdoings is sickening. 

"The opportunities for interaction with whites and free blacks were constant, as were those for greater freedom within their enslaved status. Because slavery was unprofitable in cities such as St. Louis, African Americans were often hired out to others without a transfer of ownership. In fact, many enslaved people hired themselves out and found their own lodgings. This unusual state of affairs taught African Americans to fend for themselves, to market their abilities wisely, and to be thrifty with their money."

"No slaves in the St. Louis area picked cotton however, and few worked in farm fields. Most worked as stevedores and draymen on the riverfront, on riverboats, in the lead and salt mines, as handymen, janitors and porters (like Dred Scott), and as maids, nannies, and laundresses (like Harriet Scott)."

Please sign this petition to apply pressure for the National Park Service of the Gateway Arch to remove and modify their existing article that celebrates their position in slavery. Please share with friends.

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