Courage and Sacrifice
Black women who moved with their families out West had a great incentive to do so after the Civil War. Southern freed slaves packed their belongings and headed where they thought they could find land to own. Many, like the Shores family, took advantage of the Homestead Act. It provided families like that of Rachel Shores the opportunity for a better life for themselves and their children.
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During the 19th Century St. Louis was the premier ironwork city. After the great fire, many of its buildings were made using iron framework topped off by beautiful iron ornamentation. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial showcases St. Louis architecture in the Old Courthouse. More...