Old Courthouse, St. Louis, MO

Yesterday, I accompanied the lovely Robin, my brother Don, and sister-in-law Arvilla to the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, a stone's throw from the Mississippi River and the iconic Gateway Arch.
The courthouse is the location of two trials in the landmark Dred Scott case, which eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court and played a role in sparking the War Between the States. A statue of Scott and his wife stands on the site where they sued for their freedom.
Operated nowadays by the National Park Service, the courthouse is beautifully preserved and filled with meaningful displays marking not only the Scott case but also other events in the history of St. Louis and the area. It was also where Virginia Minor's case for a woman's right to vote came to trial in the 1870s.
It is also the visitors' center for the Gateway Arch. It is located at 11 North Fourth Street in downtown St. Louis.

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