The Old Courthouse downtown serves as a central part of America’s history. It’s where the slave Dred Scott fought for his freedom. It’s part of a national park that includes the Gateway Arch, a symbol of the country’s westward expansion.
And since the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, the courthouse also has become home to an annual celebration of the civil rights leader, whose birth is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of January.
By Doug Moore