2301 Market Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103 / Cake artist: April Morrison


Founded in 1892 by a group of St. Louis businessmen. In 1963 it was the site of a peaceful protest of bank hiring practices by local Civil Rights leaders. 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.

Jefferson Bank and Trust with the cake in front!
Jefferson Bank and Trust with the cake in front!

Cake placement date:  March 19

Where is the cake now?: The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $457 on 1/1/2015.

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