Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum
"The Last Sale of Slaves," oil on canvas by Thomas Satterwhite Noble, 1871, depicts the last slave auction on the steps of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis.
January 11, 1865: Missouri abolished slavery and became the first former slave state to do so.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.