Jefferson Bank demonstrations

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Wed August 28, 2013

The March On Washington And Its Impact On St. Louis: How Far Have We Come Since 1963?

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Photograph by Rowland Scherman for USIA.
(via Wikimedia Commons / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

In the summer of 1963, hundreds of thousands across the nation converged on Washington, D.C. to march for jobs and freedom.

Meanwhile, back in St. Louis, local civil rights activists were gearing up for a demonstration of their own: a picket line and sit-in at Jefferson Bank, also calling for equal employment for African Americans. Despite being located in an African American neighborhood, the only African Americans employed by the bank worked as janitors.

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