African-American Heritage in St Louis Metro Area

African-American history resources in the St. Louis metropolitan area

A partial list of monuments, memorials, museums and historic sites in the St. Louis, Missouri metro area

In response to the June, 2015 shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, SCHS placed a wreath to express sympathy for the tragedy at Father Dickson Cemetery. Several posts about the wreath and the shooting led to the creation of this page, a small attempt by this small historical society (SCHS) to bring a little light to bear on the history of African-American history in the St. Louis area.

The Griot Museum of Black History
“Only the second of its kind the country, The Griot Museum of Black History opened as The Black World History Wax Museum in February 1997.  In 2009, we hit upon what seems to be the perfect name “The Griot Museum of Black History” (“The Griot”).  In some African countries, the “griot,” (pronounced “GREE-OH”) is a highly respected member of the community who collects, preserves and shares the stories, objects, and cultural traditions of the community.  Our new name more accurately reflects what we do — collect, preserve, and share the stories, culture, and history of Black people – particularly those with a regional connection to American history.” Read more at: Read reviews of the Griot.

The following web site describes a tour of sites relating to African-American history:

Katherine Dunham Museum

Another list of sites related to African-American history, by Explore St Louis. Many St. Louis Sites Significant in Black History