Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
This event is part of a series.
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Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse
111 South Tenth Street
St. Louis, 63112
"To note the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and its lasting impact, the U.S. Courts and The Judicial Learning Center will host a national touring exhibition. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America will be displayed on the 3rd Floor of the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse, from March 23-April 20, 2012. This engagement is free and open to the public, and group visits are available. The Courthouse is open M-F, 8:00AM-5:30PM.
Free at Last investigates the question of how slavery in America developed into an institution, and how it came to be condemned as it divided the nation during the Civil War. Visitors can explore an early fragment of Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech, letters by abolitionists and slaves, and personal letters from soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Views of these rare documents, previously unavailable to the public nationally, are accompanied by photographs, broadsides, and other images, to give an opportunity to experience the abolition of slavery and contemplate the challenging legacy of slavery in America.
The exhibition illuminates shades of opinion within the ranks of the famous and ordinary, free and slave, men and women, who came to see slavery as incompatible with the ideals upon which the nation was founded. It is hoped that reflecting upon the ideas and experiences of people living 150 years ago will encourage informed dialogue, and contribute to understanding the past and to resolving contemporary controversies.
The Eighth Circuit Library will display a panel exhibit highlighting the legacy of the Dred Scott decision on the 28th Floor, to run concurrently."