In celebration of African American Heritage Month this February, the Old Courthouse will host free programs and events throughout the month to recognize and honor the culture, heritage and accomplishments of African Americans in St. Louis. Inquire about any of these events with the ranger stationed at the Information Desk in the Rotunda (the OCH is located at 11 North 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102), or by calling 877-982-1410.
Dred Scott Portrait Painting Workshops
Saturdays, February 4, 11 and 18; 1:00 p.m.
Discover important history contributing to the American Civil War while creating art. Visitors will work with Park Ranger Tony Gilpin, a professional artist, to contribute to an oil painting of Dred Scott and learn about Mr. Scott’s lawsuit for freedom from slavery. The image is based on one of the few surviving images of Mr. Scott from the period. Supplies will be provided.
Reenactment of the Dred and Harriet Scott Case
Saturdays and Sundays, February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19; 2:00 p.m.
The enslaved Scott family—including Dred, Harriet, and their daughters—sued for their freedom from slavery prior to the Civil War. In one of the Old Courthouse’s restored courtrooms, rangers will facilitate a mock trial, and participants will read printed scripts, taking on the roles of the people involved in Mr. and Mrs. Scott’s 1850 trial.
The USAF Band of Mid-America’s Mobility Brass Quintet Concert
Saturday, February 11; noon
Join us in the Old Courthouse Rotunda for a blend of inspiration and entertainment that includes jazz standards, patriotic favorites and more. This component of the United States Air Force Band will appeal to the entire family, with a repertoire spanning five centuries, highlighting the rich diversity of American musical styles.
America’s Greatest Composer: Duke Ellington
Saturday, February 18; noon
Relying on his experience leading the United States Air Force Band, Park Ranger Steve Frioux leads us down a historic musical path. Utilizing his trombone and years of study, Ranger Frioux connects us to Duke Ellington’s astounding five-decade career.