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St. Louis Bar Foundation Donation: Freedom Suits Memorial Project

From the time of the Louisiana Purchase until the Emancipation Proclamation 57 years later, approximately 400 slaves filed suits in Missouri Courts to demand their freedom, assisted by lawyers working without pay.

A memorial commemorating these brave St. Louis litigants and their attorneys is planned for the east plaza of the Civil Courts Building downtown. Fundraising from private sources will begin immediately, focusing on members of the legal community.

Donations made to the St. Louis Bar Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible.

Donations may be made online here, by phone at 314-421-4134, or by mailing a check payable to "St. Louis Bar Foundation" to 555 Washington Ave., Ste. 100, St. Louis, MO 63101. When mailing a check, please put "Freedom Suits Memorial" in the memo line.

Learn more about the memorial here.