ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Mapping Police Violence in St. Louis

By Ashley Jackson (PhD Student, Brown School WU) on September 17, 2020 in Collaborative Projects, Special Collections, University Archives & Local History

Racial Violence, Legacies, and Reckoning Heightened awareness around the issue of police violence has ensued amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, but for many, this social issue is all too familiar. The highly publicized deaths of Michael Brown in our own city of St. Louis and the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, […]

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ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Podcast

By Miranda Rectenwald on July 16, 2020 in Special Collections, University Archives & Local History

St. Louis on the Air Podcast On July 1, 2020, the ACLU-MO@100 project was featured on St. Louis on the Air. The podcast episode is entitled The Intertwined History—and Future—of St. Louis and the 100-Year-Old ACLU and features a discussion by Washington University Libraries’ curator of Local History Miranda Rectenwald and Luz María Henríquez, executive […]

ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Privacy

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 25, 2020 in Special Collections, University Archives & Local History

Privacy Project Technology concerns began in the 1950s, over government officials listening to phone calls or surveilling private conversations. By the 1970s, more and more personal information was stored on new computer systems, both corporate and governmental. The ACLU of Eastern Missouri (as it was then called) launched a Privacy Media Campaign aimed at educating […]

ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Reproductive Freedom

Access to Abortions at City Hospital On August 16, 1974, when a St. Louis City resident (“Jane Doe”) had complicated health problems, doctors at the public City Hospital No. 1 told her to obtain a medical abortion elsewhere before returning for a needed hysterectomy. This required her to undergo surgery twice instead of once. Although […]

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History Happening Now: St. Louis 2020

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 19, 2020 in Special Collections, University Archives & Local History

Do you have photographs, digital art, video, or other documentation of the protests and marches occurring in our communities? This is history happening now—and you can help save it for future generations. When we are part of important events—such as the incredible movement of humans standing up and saying Black Lives Matter—capturing the moment in […]

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ACLU-MO History Spotlight: LGBTQ+ Equity

LGBTQ+ Equity In 1972, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri’s new executive director, Joyce Armstrong, prioritized building relationships with local gay and lesbian groups. She spoke to the Mandrake Society, St. Louis’ first gay rights or “homophile” organization, and coordinated with leaders at the gay- and lesbian-focused Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). Soon, the ACLU of Eastern […]