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Pre-Civil War Era Slave Auction Re-enactment Held

Brad Choat
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Slave auction re-enactment held in St. Louis as part of yearlong 150th anniversary of Civil War. January 15, 2011 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Slave auction re-enactment held in St. Louis as part of yearlong 150th anniversary of Civil War. January 15, 2011 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – This weekend sees the start of events marking the 150th anniversary of St. Louis’ role in the Civil War.

Re-enactors on the steps of downtown’s Old Court House, Saturday, took time back to an event that happened on those steps on a regular basis between 1828 and 1862 —when slaves were bought and sold.

A park ranger provided background, “This event is not being held in the spirit of degrading people or as a spectacle. But, rather as a piece of our history—a piece of history we may rather forget, but nonetheless we must remember.”

Records show 533 slaves were sold at auction on the court house steps in the 1800′s.

On Monday, the city’s annual observance of Martin Luther King Day begins at the court house.

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