Slave Pen to Spectator Sport: Remembering St. Louis's Buried Past

Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm in the Library auditorium
Please join us for a presentation by Bryan Jack, associate professor of historical studies at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville entitled Slave Pen to Spectator Sport: Remembering St. Louis's Buried Past.  The site of the Bernard M. Lynch Slave Pen sits directly across from Busch Stadium.  As millions of baseball fans walk past statues and plaques celebrating Cardinals history, most are unaware that before the Cardinals, the area was a site for selling human beings. The history of the site remains mostly unacknowledged, as do many other locations of St. Louis’s racial past. Historian Bryan Jack uses the existence (and destruction) of this and other sites as an opportunity to explore how St. Louis interacts with its uncomfortable racial history, and often creates a more palatable history under the guise of civic progress.

Refreshments will be offered and all are welcome.