Film screening & panel discussion set at Law Library Association of St. Louis

The Law Library Association of St. Louis is observing Juneteenth by hosting a screening of an award-winning film about the story of an enslaved woman’s fight for freedom before the Civil War.

The program is co-sponsored by the Freedom Suits Memorial Foundation.

On Tuesday, June 18, the library will host a screening of “The Milly Project,” which premiered in St. Louis two years ago and was written and directed by Kendra Chappell. The film relied on court manuscripts and portrays the struggle of Milly Sawyers and other Black residents in Springfield, Missouri, and elsewhere. Sawyers was among the enslaved Americans who filed lawsuits for their freedom.

Watch the film’s trailer here.

A discussion will follow the screening with panelists Lynne M. Jackson, great-great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott and founder and president of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation; St. Louis Circuit Judge David C. Mason who led the Freedom Suits Memorial Project; Harris-Stowe State University Assistant Professor of Theater Gregory Carr; Washington University Professor of African and African-American Studies Kelly Schmidt; and University of Missouri-St. Louis Scholar in Residence Rob Good.

The film will be shown at 5 p.m. June 18 in the Law Library Association of St. Louis on the 13th floor of the Civil Courts Building, 10 North Tucker Boulevard. The panel discussion will begin at the conclusion of the film.

News media are welcome to attend the screening and cover the panel discussion. For more information, go to or call 314-622-4470.