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Boom! The Rise & Fall of Missouri's Black Busines Districts

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Please join the Missouri State Museum for the debut of its newest traveling exhibit, "Boom! The Rise and Fall of Missouri's Black Business Districts".

Inspired by the Missouri State Parks produced booklet, "The Business: African-American Business People from Missouri's Past," this exhibit will interpret the history of five Black buisness districts throughout the state: The Foot in Jefferson City; The Wedge in Hannibal; The Sharp End in Columbia; Vine Street in Kansas City, and the Ville in St. Louis.

Due to segregation, overt and institutional racism, such business centers served as a cornerstone of Black life, culture and survival in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibit will highlight the people and events, both local and national, with influenced the growth and development of some of Missouri's most prolific and thriving business communities.

The opening program begins at 6:00 p.m. in the rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to view the exhibit and attend the reception, both of which will be in the Museum's History Hall. The reception is sponsored by the Friends of the Missouri State Museum.

After Hours access to the Capitol (after 5:30 pm) is through the garage on the east side of the building. All visitors are subject to security screening.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 573-751-4127.

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