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Cornerstones of Courage and Culture

By Kenneth Calvert
Category: Mural


This mural is a panoramic montage symbolizing the historic cultural and creative contributions to St. Louis by African-Americans in the 19th century. Portraits of four men and two women appear in front of a backdrop of current St. Louis sites. The individuals depicted are a sample of 19th century African American leaders who represent the transition from slavery to freedom.

Those shown in the mural are: (from left) Colonel Charlton Tandy, activist and Civil War veteran; Charles Turner, entomologist, zoologist and teacher; Elizabeth Keckley, teacher, seamstress, and confidant of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln; Annie Malone, entrepreneur and founder of the Children’s Home; Thomas Million Turpin, musician who was known as the “Father of Jazz”; and the Reverend Moses Dickson, leader of the Knights of Liberty and a Civil War veteran.

Dimensions: 7′ 5″ x 13′ 4″
Year Completed: 1997
Material: Oil on plaster
Owner: City of St. Louis
Donor: Commissioned through the Portfolio Gallery and Education Center with major funding by Southwestern Bell

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