Missouri officially became a free state on this date in history.

January 11, 1865

Since Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation did not cover Missouri, the state’s Constitutional Convention voted on this day to abolish slavery in Missouri. Missouri was the first former slave state to do so.

The Struggle in The Show-Me State

Missouri’s role in the early civil rights movement.

July 26, 1948

President Harry Truman did away with segregation in the military with executive order 9981, making it a model for the rest of society.