Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau Lecture: Bryan Jack

Feb
19
7:00 pm
Where

University City Public Library
6701 Delmar Boulevard
University City, MO 63130

Where

University City Public Library
6701 Delmar Boulevard
University City, MO 63130

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

In the 1930s, St. Louis Jaycees began erecting historical markers throughout the city’s downtown. One of the sites they marked was the Bernard M. Lynch Slave Pen/Myrtle Street Civil War Prison. Before the Civil War, Lynch was a slave dealer in St. Louis; the marked site was one of his numerous locations. In 1861 Lynch fled south to join the Confederacy and Union officials converted the slave pen into a military prison. Today, the site sits across the street from Busch Stadium. As three million 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. In 1963, during construction of the previous Busch Stadium, newspapers reported on the existence of the site, but it was razed as part of urban renewal, and no new historical marker was erected. 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.

Host Organization

University City Public Library
University City, MO

Event Contact Information

Kathleen Gallagher
(314) 727-3150
kmgallagher@ucitylibrary.org