Oct 17, 2019

Remembering the Ste. Genevieve Race Riot of 1930

In "Remembering the Ste. Genevieve Race Riot of 1930: Historical Memory and the Expulsion of African Americans from a Small Missouri Town," Dr. Patrick J. Huber tells of a four-day disturbance, long shrouded in secrecy, in which white vigilantes drove away 250 of the community’s black inhabitants. The victims were both longtime residents and recent arrivals recruited to work in local lime kilns and stone quarries. Sparked by a robbery and murder, events quickly spiraled out of control with the vigilantes demanding African Americans leave the town. All but two families eventually did, and they remained only because of shelter provided by a local Catholic priest. After the Missouri National Guard was called in to stop the riot, a few families did return, but the mob’s actions forever changed the racial composition of Ste. Genevieve and the African American population never again reached pre-riot levels. Join us as Huber examines how this tragic incident has played a significant role in the race relations of the area today.

Time: 78 p.m.

Location: Missouri State Archives, 600 W. Main St.

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information, contact Tracy Wegman at 573-526-5296 or email 

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