A memorial at the Zanzibar Anglican Cathedral depicting slaves to be sold at auction. A reenactment of a slave auction is planned in downtown St. Louis on Jan. 15. (Flickr Creative Commons User missy & the universe)
Slave auctions were once commonplace in Missouri. Families were separated, people were property and the event of the auction itself was a harsh one.
In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in 2011, the St. Louis American reports on the plan for several local organizations to reenact a slave auction -- right on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.