November/December 2008 issue

National Park Service Site: ďAfrican- American Life in St. Louis, 1804-1865"


On Monday, October 27, 2008, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis added a new feature to their website entitled "African-American Life in St. Louis, 1804-1865." The website includes information gathered by National Park Service historians and interns after over a decade of research into St. Louis court documents and newspapers. The comprehensive exhibit contains databases culled from original documents in the archives of the St. Louis Circuit Court, the City of St. Louis, the National Archives, the Missouri Historical Society, and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

The site is organized into "Freedom Suits," "Emancipations," "Slave Sales," and "Freedom Licenses," and there is also a section on "Running Away" which is linked to the National Park Service's Underground Railroad Network to Freedom project.