Thursday, June 26, 2014

#72: Jefferson Bank and Trust

Founded in 1892 by a group of local businessmen. I was wondering what was so historical about this place until I did my research on Google. Turns out that in 1963 it was the site of a peaceful protest of bank hiring practices by local Civil Rights leaders. It all happened at this location. The protest was started by members of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and soon enough demonstrators picketed outside and eventually inside the bank. They did keep terms with the court order until they went inside, and it resulted in nine arrests. The opinions of these protests were mixed, by different newspapers (including African-American ones), but by that time the civil rights movement was at its peak. By early 1964, the Jefferson Bank and Trust had hired one African-American as a messenger. Later that year they would hire four additional African-Americans onto their staff, as CORE and other civil rights groups had hoped.

The cake is one of many that has a 'wall-like' feel to it, plus some shrubbery. It's unique either way you look at it.

Official website

2301 Market St., ST. LOUIS, MO, 63103
Cake artist: April Morrison

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