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Graham's Rock

Slavery Behind Nixon Veto Of Effort To Rename Giant Rock

Jul 11, 2013
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

MissouriĀ Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that included designating part of Interstate 70 as "Graham's Picnic Rock Highway."

Nixon said in his veto message Thursday that the name refers to the Dr. Robert Graham, who owned the farm where the large rock is located.

The rock can be seen in the median of Interstate 70 roughly halfway between Columbia and the St. Louis region.