When the Missouri General Assembly established The Missouri Commission on Human Rights in 1957, the commission’s sole focus was racial discrimination. 

Now, however, the Commission investigates complaints of discrimination in housing, employment, and places of public accommodations related to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, and 


Based upon content from the Missouri State Archives, Timeline of Missouri History.  

Pictured: Officers of the Missouri Human Rights Commission in Kirkwood circa 1971. Photo credit: [Francis Scheidegger Collection, Collection S0809. S0809-7662.], The State Historical Society of Missouri, Photograph Collection.