In August 2014, an unarmed black teenager was killed by a white policeman on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. The story of Mike Brown’s death is not the beginning of the story of racial unrest, but just one of the many narratives that comprise the region’s troubled history of race relations. North enough to be in the Union, but south enough to permit slavery, Missouri’s border state status continues to cast a shadow over issues of social justice and equality for all citizens. This program addresses the stories leading up to the tragedy in Ferguson and how the work of the Missouri History Museum has addressed such issues along the way. Audience members will have the opportunity to discuss their institution’s role in their community’s difficult stories.

Speakers:

  • Melanie Adams

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