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“The Old Courthouse”
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Old Courthouse
Ranked #25 of 226 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Walk the halls where ordinary Americans made civil rights history. Built in 1839, the Old Courthouse is a prime example of mid-19th century federal architecture. But it is two landmark cases that secure its place in history. Beginning in 1847, the enslaved Dred Scott twice sued for his and his wife Harriet’s freedom. But, the U.S. Supreme Court decided against them, ruling that African-Americans were not citizens and had no right to sue. In 1873, St. Louis suffragette Virginia Minor and her husband filed a civil suit arguing for women’s right to vote. Although their suit was denied, they brought great attention to the fight for voting rights for all U.S. citizens.
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

It is currently undergoing some renovations, but it is a beautiful part of the St. Louis skyline and is always kept in great condition.

Thank Vicki C
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We enjoy old courthouses and capitols, and this one was interesting. We marvel at how these places were constructed back in their age. The history of courthouse is impressive as well. It is worth some time to spend here.

Thank jeffswmn
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

When visiting downtown St. Louis, take about 30 minutes to visit the Old Courthouse. This majestic structure will provide a glimpse into the history of the United States and the Dred Scott case. Plus, it is just one of several places to visit all within walking ditance when in downtown St. Louis. It is well worth the time.

Thank head2hawaii
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We enjoyed our visit here, the location of the Dred Scott decision. Mock up of that courtroom is here as well as the history behind this event. Much of the inside has been restored and you can get a real feel of days gone by...and it's free!

Thank Gary B
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

After the Arch and the Cathedral this place was a bit disappointing. Architcturally it was quite interesting to look around but the best thing was a video about the Dred Scott case. As a non-American I found this informative. You don't need more than an hour here.

Thank AuntieFloTravels
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