Tom Sawyer steamboat - you can take a river cruise down the Mississippi from downtown St. Louis. Dinner cruises and Sunday brunch cruises are available. The St. Louis Mayor and County Executive used to have a "steamboat" race each year: one would "pilot" the Tom Sawyer and the other would "pilot" the Becky Thatcher.
The city of East St. Louis, Illinois was the scene of one of the bloodiest race riots in the 20th century. Racial tensions began to increase in February, 1917 when 470 #African American workers were hired to replace white workers who had gone on strike against the Aluminum Ore Company. The viole
BY WALTER OPINDE The East St. Louis, Illinois, race riot, which erupted on 2nd July, 1917, was arguably one of the worst race riots of the early 20th century. At least 100 African-Americans died (some sources put the figure at nearly 200), and over 6,000 were left homeless. By comparison, eight whit...BY WALTER OPINDE The East St. Louis, Illinois, race riot, which erupted on 2nd July, 1917, was arguably one of the worst race riots of the early 20th century. At least 100 African-Americans…
EAST ST LOUIS RIOTS--On July 2, 1917, Angry white mobs stopped trolleys and streetcars, pulling black passengers out and beating them on the streets and sidewalks. They set fire to the homes of black residents who had to choose between burning alive in their homes, or run out of the burning houses, only to be met by gunfire. In other parts of the city, African Americans were lynched against the backdrop of burning buildings.