Nell Irvin Painter – Civil Rights Violations

In contrast to the situation in Kansas, St. Louis officials discouraged the Exodusters whenever possible. Early on, Mayor Henry Overstolz moved to prevent steamboats from bringing Exodusters to the city; he threatened to enforce an ordinance fining any person up to $300 for bringing a pauper into the city. The Federal Civil Rights Act of 1875 governing common carriers prevented the enforcement of the statute, however.26

  • 26 St. Louis Globe-Democrat, March 14, 1879
  • P.232, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3



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