Join Us for a Special Juneteenth event

Poster for "The Milly Project"

Special Juneteenth Event: The Milly Project: A Unique Freedom Suit Case and its Historical Implications

Co-sponsored by the Law Library Association and the Freedom Suits Memorial Foundation 

The Milly Project is a heroic-turned-tragic, true story about Milly Sawyers, an enslaved Black woman, who filed two freedom suits in St. Louis, and then finally won her third, which she filed in Springfield, Missouri.  Playwright Kendra Chappell has used Milly’s story to bookend her communication of a singular, but powerful, arc of the experiences of Black Americans from before the Civil War and up to the Black Lives Matter movement. This video production of The Milly Project will be followed by a discussion led by distinguished panelists, including: 

Lynne M. Jackson, great-great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott; Founder and President of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation 

Greg Carr, Assistant Professor, Harris-Stowe State University

Kelly Schmidt, Professor of African and African-American Studies, Washington University 

Judge David C. Mason, 22nd Judicial Circuit; Founder, Freedom Suits Memorial (Introducing the Panel Discussion) 

Rob Good, Scholar in Residence, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Date: Tuesday June 18, 2024
Location:  Law Library Association of St. Louis, 10 N. Tucker Blvd., 13th Floor
Time: 4:30 to 5:00 PM--Check-in and Welcome Reception   
          5:00 to 7:00 PM-film screening followed by panel discussion
Register: Registration is now at capacity. Sign up to be on the waiting list here 
We will let those on the waiting list know if spaces open up closer to the event, as is expected.  

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 Thank you to our additional community sponsors (list in formation): 
 Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC 
 Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
 Brown & James Law Firm 
 Dowd Bennett
 Thompson Coburn LLP

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