With this collection of stories, curated from St. Louis on the Air conversations, we present an oral history of civil rights, the black experience, and race relations in St. Louis from 1847 to 2016.

You can explore this collection in several ways: through our timeline below, which highlights key events; through our menus above, which direct you to lists of episodes, photos, and additional resources by theme; and through our Soundcloud playlist, which lets you listen to the project chronologically. To read more about the project, read Don Marsh's introduction below the timeline.

Additional Resources

Code Switch
NPR's blog about racial identity.

The Root
Black news, opinion, politics, and culture.

Eyes on the Prize
A documentary from PBS's American Experience

The nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.

Southern Poverty Law Center
A nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry.

MO History Museum exhibit, Race: Are We So Different?
Learn the history of race, the role of science in that history, and the subtle expressions of racism in institutions and daily lives.

Michele Norris' Race Card Project
Your thoughts on race in six words.

More From STLPR

We Live Here
A multi-faceted, multi-media project about race, class, power, poverty, systems, and the people they touch.

One Year in Ferguson
A Peabody Award-winning audio slideshow about Ferguson.

Homicide's Wake
A look at what happens after a homicide.


Don Marsh, St. Louis on the Air host; author, narrator, and producer; and the impetus behind this project

Audio producers: Libby Franklin, Mary Edwards, and Aaron Doerr

Digital media manager: Madalyn Painter

Web producer and designer: Katelyn Mae Petrin

Graphic design: Brendan Williams

Additional educational resources and photos for each episode contributed by Todd Swanstrom, E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.