Who’s Shaped Black History Month in MO?

Legends of all backgrounds shape Black History Month in St Louis. “We’re observing Black History month by highlighting Missouri’s  most legendary African Americans,” shares the manager of a popular used cars Missouri dealership. 

(Disclaimer: This list does not include every single person to shape Missouri Black History Month .)

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All citizens, regardless ore race religion or previous condition of servitude was given the right to vote in 1870, under the the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Scott Joplin, also known as the “king of Ragtime” was born in Texas. Later n in Life Mr. Joplin resided in St. Louis. In 1904, Mr. Joplin performed at the 1904 World’s Fair.


  • Josephine Baker international Jazz Age dancer and singer, was born in St. Louis’ Mill Creek Bottom area (June 3).
  •  Hundreds of African American families fled to St. Louis in 1906 when lynchings forced victims out of in Springfield IL.

At GMT Auto Sales, We NEVER discriminate. All year long we’re an equal opportunity used cars Missouri dealership.

In 1910, St. Louis elected its first African American citizen to office– Charles Turpin as constable.

Even though comedian Red Foxx did not shape Black History,  he was born in 1922 (in St. Louis MO). Mr. Fox is best known for the television show “Sanford and Sons.”

Among the most legendary African American legends of rock and roll, Chuck Berry was born in St. Louis, (1926).

Tina Turner, musician and actress was born in 1939. The St Louis legend made Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list.

Jackie Robinson is honored amount Missouri’s Black History Month legends.He’s renowned as the first African American player in Major League Baseball to defy the “color barrier.”  Even though Mr. Robinson debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, the St. Louis Cardinals dedicated April 15 as Jackie Robison’s Day.

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Theodore McNeal was the first African American elected as a Missourian state senator.


Then in 1977, Gwen B. Giles made history as the first African American woman state senator.


St. Louis’ Black History also includes Miss America, Debbye Turner (1990).


In 1993, Saint Louis City elected its first  African American mayor, Freeman Bosley, Jr.

Who’s your favorite Missourian legend of Black History Month?

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