Date(s) - 02/28/2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Maplewood Public Library
Update! Because we anticipate large interest and attendance for the presentation “I’se Was Here! The Remarkable Story of Missouri Slave Archer Alexander”, the program will be given at Maplewood City Hall located at 7601 Manchester, Maplewood, Mo. 63143. For any questions or information please call the Maplewood Public Library at 314-781-2174 or check our website: www.maplewood.lib.mo.us.
Archer Alexander was born enslaved in Virginia, but made history in Missouri where his story is much like the lives of many of the 114,000 African-Americans in 1860. Mr. Alexander is famously immortalized in the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Freedman’s Memorial and sometimes referred to as the “Lincoln Memorial”, a monument which can be seen in Washington, D.C.. Come hear the fascinating and relatively unknown story of this former slave and hero who wanted nothing more in life than to be recognized as a person. This will be the first time for this presentation and members of Archer Alexander’s family will be present for that evening.
Dorris Keeven-Franke has spent countless hours on research and doing interviews to bring this story to light. She has written extensively about St. Charles and St. Louis history, the influence of Germans in both areas, and the intersection of Germans and the abolitionist movement. In doing so, she has found this fascinating story.