St. Louis Trivia
St. Louis was considered an outpost for French trappers before the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 expanded America’s borders from the Mississippi River through the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast.
This riverfront metro area of 2,600,000 residents has 460,000 African Americans.
St. Louis attracts six million visitors each year.
St. Louis hosts the sixth largest collection Fortune 500 headquarters and is a major aviation center.
Anheuser-Busch, Emerson Electric, May Department Stores, Monsanto, Ralston Purina, TWA and McDonnell Douglas anchor the local economy.
Washington University and St. Louis University are widely acclaimed by scholars and students nationwide.
Residents of Greater St Louis, Missouri who have made a huge mark:
Nelly (Cornell Haynes, Jr.) – Hip-Hip artist
Cedric The Entertainer – Comedian and actor
Bennie Smith – Legendary Blues singer
Maxine Waters – US Congressperson, former head of the Congressional Black Caucus
Grace Bumbry – Opera singer
Bobby McFerrin – Eclectic jazz vocalist
Miles Davis – Jazz composer and trumpeter
Fred Scott – Filed the famous court case to win freedom from slavery
Annie Turnbo Pope Malone – Manufacturer, beauty college owner & early Black millionaire
Robert Guillaume – TV and Broadway actor
Dick Gregory – Comedian and human rights activist
Julia Davis – Civil rights activist and librarian
Scott Joplin – 1st great Ragtime composer
Maya Angelou – legendary poet
Chuck Berry – Original Rock & Roll artists
Clark Terry – Jazz musician
Ike & Tina Turner – Original Rock n’ Roll artists
William Wells Brown – Playwright and author
Oliver Sain – Blues musician
Elijah P. Lovejoy – Abolitionist and publisher
James “Cool Papa” Bell – Hall of Fame Negro Leagues Baseball star
Bob Gibson – Hall of Fame Major League Baseball pitchers
Lou Brock – For years the all-time Major League base-stealer
Katherine Dunham – Famous choreographer
Leon and Michael Spinks – Pro boxing champions
Homer G. Phillips – Attorney, hospital activist and martyr
Johnnie “B. Goode” Johnso – Blues pianist
Joe Torry – Comedian
Guy Torry – Actor, comedian & radio DJ
Willie Mae Ford Smith – Pioneering Gospel composer and partner of Thomas A. Dorsey
Montella Bass – Old School R&B artist
Edgar O’Neal of the O’Neal Twins – Gospel Music Hall-Of-Fame singer