April 1 Friends of Tower Grove Park Lecture Series
“St. Louis Freedom Suits in the Era of Henry Shaw”
From the Friends of Tower Grove Park website:
Presented by: Dr. Kenneth Winn – Librarian of the Missouri Supreme Court
The Dred Scott Case was the most famous of a series of St. Louis “freedom suits” filed by hundred of enslaved African Americans seeking their freedom through the St. Louis Circuit Court. These court records contain the nation’s single largest repository of slave freedom suits.
The vast majority of these cases have only recently received the archival conservation and organization necessary to make them available for scholarly study.
Dr. Winn will share the fruits of his research in these records and reveal a hitherto hidden realm of contentiousness between African Americans and the men who claimed to own them.