You're invited!

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 2:30 - 4:30, the ACLU of Missouri will celebrate our 100th anniversary at Washington University's Olin Library. No tickets are required, but please RSVP to Josh Cornier at or (314) 669-3416.

For the past three years, Washington University's Olin Library has allowed expert archivists and fastidious interns to pour through our archives. (Read the interns' stories here.) They've curated a fascinating dive into our history.

We hope you join us. Olin Library archivists will lead tours of the exhibition and we'll have special activities for adults and children alike.

Parking is free in any Washington University garage (Danforth University Center garage recommended) for visitors who will be parking on campus during weekends (between 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday). Visitors are permitted to park in yellow zones without displaying a parking permit. For more information on parking and for directions to John M. Olin Library, go here.

The American Civil Liberties Union was formed in 1920 by Roger Baldwin. Baldwin moved to St. Louis in 1906 where he taught the first course in sociology at Washington University.

In 1916, Baldwin joined the St. Louis Affiliate of the American Union Against Militarism; and in spring of 1917 he resigned to join the AUAM National Directing Committee. In 1918, a small group of St. Louisians formed the St. Louis Civil Liberties Committee (SLCLC), described as a “permanent non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to defending the liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights."

That group eventually became the ACLU of Missouri Foundation and now fights to protect the rights of all Missourians.

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