Black History Month events in St. Louis

Celebrate Black History Month at these St. Louis Family Events

February is Black History Month, and there are some great educational and cultural events and attractions you can take part in with your family to learn more about black history and culture happening across the St. Louis area. Here are a few ideas:

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Reenactment of the Dred and Harriet Scott Case

The enslaved Scott family, including Dred, Harriet and their daughters, sued for their freedom from slavery prior to the Civil War. See a reenactment of the case in one of the restored courtrooms at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

Rangers will facilitate the reenactment and participants will read printed scripts, taking on the roles of the people involved in Mr. and Mrs. Scott's 1850 trial.

Free. 2 p.m. at the Old Courthouse. More information: nps.gov

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Dred Scott Portrait Painting

Learn about the historic Dred Scott case and how it led to the American Civil War while creating art. Visitors will work with a park ranger who is also a professional artist to paint an oil portrait of Dred Scott.

The image is based on one of the few surviving images of Mr. Scott from the period. Supplies are provided.

Free. 1 p.m. at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. More information: nps.gov

 

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Rhythms and Folklore of Africa

Enjoy the rhythms and stories of Africa with storyteller and performer Kenya Ajanaku at this exciting, free program for all ages. Part of the Black History Month celebration at the St. Louis County Library. 

Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Florissant Valley Branch

Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Branch

Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Bridgeton Trails Branch

Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Indian Trails Branch

Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Weber Road Branch

More information: slcl.org

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African Percussion Workshop

At this free workshop, kids can expand their cultural knowledge and learn the techniques and rhythms of authentic instruments, such as the djembe, caxixi, agogo, and kalimba. 

For ages 8 and up. Presented by Freedom Arts and Education as part of the Black History Month celebration at the St. Louis County Library. The workshop will be held:

Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Eureka Hills Branch

Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Grant's View Branch

Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch

Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Rock Road Branch

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Potty Training 101
Monday, July 15, 2024
Thursday, July 18, 2024
Tuesday, August 13, 2024

Is it time to potty train your toddler? The St. Louis County Library is offering Potty Training 101 to parents of children ages 2-3. This free workshop for parent and child includes a potty-themed storytime, and parents & caregivers will receive information to get them started on the potty training process. Attendees will also receive a potty seat, step stool, training pants and a potty-themed board book. 

 

 

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Splash & Play at the Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center

Kids ages 0-5 can splash and play in the leisure pool at the Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center during Splash & Play sessions. Splash & Play is held every Monday and Wednesday in the summer through August 7. Older children, ages 6-1, are welcome when they are accompanied by an adult and a child age 0-5.

 

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