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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 18, 2023 – Join Nathan Elwood, administrator of the Missouri Legislative Library, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, as he discusses how State Rep. Walthall Moore’s tenure of service saw several fundamental shifts in Missouri politics that resonate to this day.

In 1920, as a pioneering figure for Black enfranchisement and civil rights, Rep. Moore became the first Black American to serve in the Missouri General Assembly. Moore faced constant hostility and resistance throughout his political career, both from members of the opposition and from his own party.

The Missouri State Museum’s Landing after Hours program is held monthly on the first Wednesday at the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, 100 Jefferson St. in Jefferson City. The Lohman Building’s classroom opens at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. Convenient parking is available in the lot next to the Lohman Building.

In addition to being held in person, this program will also be livestreamed on the Missouri State Museum’s Facebook page at For more information, call 573-751-2854.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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