Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Action and Reaction

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

 
Action and Reaction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, September 14, 2019
1. Action and Reaction Marker
Inscription.  
I am threatened with violence and death because I dare to advocate, in any way, the cause of the oppressed...And I am prepared to abide the consequences. Elijah P. Lovejoy, 1835

Elijah Lovejoy printed his antislavery newspaper, the St. Louis Observer, in his stop that once stood here. In 1835, decades before the Civil War, Lovejoy wrote a scathing editorial about a St. Louis lynching. The city's reaction brought violence to his newspaper and his family. He continued to exercise his right to free speech, promoting an end to slavery. One year later Lovejoy died for his beliefs in Alton, Illinois. He is remembered as a martyr for freedom.

[Captions:]
Lovejoy's editorial described the brutal mob violence, rebuking the "vengeance of a mob" at the cost of "justice...administered."

The death of Lovejoy was the most atrocious case of rioting which ever disgraced this country.
John Quincy Adams, November 1837

Lovejoy's pursuit of justice ultimately resulted in his death by a mob in nearby Alton, Illinois.

The
Action and Reaction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, September 14, 2019
2. Action and Reaction Marker
St. Louis street grid once covered the Arch ground down to the river.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 37.664′ N, 90° 11.039′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Gateway Arch Trail, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Louis MO 63102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gateway to the West (within shouting distance of this marker); Speedy Delivery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Curves Ahead (about 300 feet away); The Captains' Return (about 500 feet away); Lewis and Clark and St. Louis Riverfront (about 700 feet away); The James B. Eads Bridge (about 700 feet away); Miles of Steamboats (about 800 feet away); Rue Royale (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRCommunications
 

More. Search the internet for Action and Reaction.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 17, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
Paid Advertisement