Old Courthouse Exhibits & Video

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Centennial Quilt Exhibit
December 2, 2016 - January 2, 2017

National Parks across America will be displaying 13 art quilts, created to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, during the 2015-2017 seasons. The quilts were created by Fiber Works, a group of textile artists from the Lincoln-Omaha, Nebraska area. The artists were inspired by their favorite national park site. The quilts are on a year-long tour of the 13 chosen parks.

Legacy of Courage: Dred Scott & the Quest for Freedom

In 1846, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom at the St. Louis Courthouse. His case went to the Supreme Court, where the verdict set the stage for the Civil War. Today the Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Legacy of Courage interprets the struggles for freedom that Dred Scott and his family experienced. The exhibit starts in the west hall and continues into the south Special Exhibit Gallery.

Slavery on Trial: The Dred Scott Decision

"Slavery on Trial" is a 17-minute film detailing the struggle for freedom of St. Louis slaves Dred and Harriet Scott, and the infamous Supreme Court decision of 1857 that declared that African Americans had "no rights a white man was bound to respect."

Free showings throughout the day.


Last updated: December 16, 2016

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