A history professor at Missouri Science and Technology University and a PhD candidate at Washington University in St. Louis were selected from a pool of 35 applicants to receive the first two fellowships granted by the Center for Missouri Studies.
Patrick Huber, history professor at Missouri S&T in Rolla, was awarded the Center's interdisciplinary studies fellowship for his proposal, "Remembering the Ste. Genevieve Race Riot of 1930: Historical Memory and the Expulsion of African Americans from a Small Missouri Town." A Ste. Genevieve native, Huber examined a four-day disturbance, long shrouded in secrecy, in which vigilantes drove away most of the town's black residents, many of whom were recent arrivals recruited to work in local lime kilns and stone quarries.
Huber shared his new research at the 58th annual Missouri Conference on History held in Columbia, March 9-11, 2016.
Taylor Desloge, a graduate student in history and American culture studies at Washington University, received the Center's fellowship in environmental history for his proposal, "'Jim Crow Is No Barrier': Housing, Tuberculosis and the 'New Public Health' Roots of Urban Renewal in Black St. Louis, 1920–1940." Desloge studied how urban and public health policies that began with good intentions later swerved into destructive outcomes due to factors such as interwar housing market pressures and the toxic influences of racial discrimination and segregation.
Desloge presented his findings on April 14, 2016. The event was a part of Washington University’s City Seminar.