Sold on the Steps of Justice

Sold on the Steps of Justice (HM28O9)

Location: St. Louis, MO 63102
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 37.518', W 90° 11.317'

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Jefferson National Expansion Museum

Auctions were once a common site on the stately steps of the Old Courthouse in front of you. The court organized property sales when people went bankrupt or died without a will. Between 1839 and 1862, the court sold more than 500 enslaved men, women, and children here.

Though the issue of slavery divided people, auctions like these were common at courthouses throughout the state. Missouri outlawed slavery in early 1865, just a few months before the Civil War ended.
HM NumberHM28O9
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 744743 N 4278946
Decimal Degrees38.62530000, -90.18861667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 37.518', W 90° 11.317'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 37' 31.08" N, 90° 11' 19.02" W
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Area Code(s)314, 618
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 N 4th St, St. Louis MO 63102, US
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