November 7th, 2012
175 years ago today, Elijah Parish Lovejoy was murdered in Alton, Illinois. He was a Presbyterian minister and staunch abolitionist, fighting to end slavery. Besides giving speeches against slavery he published the Alton Observer, an abolitionist newspaper. Alton was a center for southerners who caught and returned escaped slaves. On the night of November 7th, they attacked his warehouse with the intent of destroying his printing press. When Lovejoy came out to try to prevent them from putting a ladder up against his warehouse he was gunned down. He was 35 years old. No one was ever prosecuted for his murder.
Lovejoy has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame on Delmar Boulevard. If you are in the neighborhood, leave a flower in his memory.