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“COMMEMORATING AMERICA’S LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM MISSOURI’S CIVIL WAR: HONORING THE UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS AND THE AUTHOR OF THE THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT”
Missouri Humanities and Harris-Stowe State University invite the general public to the unveiling of a groundbreaking historical marker commemorating “America’s Long Road to Freedom: Missouri’s Civil War.” The event will take place on April 18th from 10am – Noon on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University. This presentation will honor the United States Colored Troops, Hiram Reed, John Henderson (the co-author of the Thirteenth Amendment), his wife, Mary Foote Henderson and mother-in-law, Eunice Foote.
DATE: April 18, 2019
PLACE: Harris-Stowe State University | J.B. “Jet” Banks Memorial Park (Northside of Campus)
3098 Olive St. adjacent to Pappy’s Smokehouse
The panel that will be dedicated on April 18th is entitled “Long Roads to Freedom,” and is meant to impart a sense of the struggles that finally overcame human slavery in the United States, and that ultimately established Americans’ rights at the ballot box regardless of race and gender. The panel has been erected at the site of a home that was owned by John Brooks Henderson and his spouse Mary Foote Henderson in the 1870s and 80s, after Henderson served in the United States Senate. John Henderson, was the co-author of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery. Another important figure on this panel is Hiram Reed – the first slave freed on the authority of the American military during the Civil War. Reed was freed in St. Louis in September, 1861, by order of Major General John C. Fremont. He served in a Massachusetts cavalry regiment later in the Civil War. The life of Eunice Foote (Mary Henderson’s mother), a scientist who was instrumental in the Seneca Falls Convention for Women’s Suffrage in 1848, is also celebrated.
Heritage Programs Coordinator for Missouri Humanities, Greg Wolk collaborated with Harris-Stowe to locate and dedicate this tribute to our diverse history. Mr. Wolk stated, “St. Louis has witnessed many advances in the cause of human rights, but few people realize how long and deeply our common history reflects this struggle. Hiram Reed’s story is one of the most important stories we can tell.”