Hermann celebrates its newly-founded abolitionist past

Photo courtesy of Deutschheim State Historic Site

The city of Hermann is gearing up to celebrate its first Black History Month celebration.  

When you think Hermann, you think wine and Germans, but did you know those early German immigrants played a vital role in abolishing slavery in Missouri?

That information recently came to light for the city of Hermann through the play, "An Amazing Story:  German Abolitionists of Missouri", written by St. Louis sociologist and playwright Cecilia Nadal.

Hermann Tourism Director Tammy Bruckerhoff explains a symposium, exploring the shared history of German and African Americans in Missouri is scheduled for Saturday, February 29th at the Historic Hermanhoff Festhalle.  The 3-hour celebration includes guest speakers, including Nadal, as well as excerpts from her play.

Bruckerhoff says before the symposium, you should stop by the Deutschheim State Historic Site for an open house.  She says the site contains a pivotal piece of equipment to Hermann's abolitionist past.

"The printing press that was used to print the newspaper, the Hermanner Wochenblatt, which was the paper that was very outspoken about slavery.  So that original printing press is still in Hermann at the Deutschheim Site.  We want people to see that and really feel it and understand every word that went into that newspaper."

Bruckerhoff says the symposium is free but you must pre-register because of limited seating.  To get signed up, visit:  mohumanities.org.