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Dedicating the Old Missouri Trail, A New Take on Separate but Equal, Mt. Rushmore

This week on The Exchange, we hear sound from the rededication of an old memorial marking the Old Missouri River Trail in War Eagle Park. The Daughters of the American Revolution first dedicated the monument back in 1928.  The group and many others assisted the group in finding the stone again and recreating the monument in War Eagle Park.

The Old Missouri Trail Monument, War Eagle Park

The monument was thought to be lost for much of the 20th century.  Native American Michael O'Conner prayed and sang at the event. 

Michael O'Conner. singing and praying at War Eagle Park

Also, a new look at the Plessy v. Ferguson decision by the Supreme Court in 1896, that solidified the "separate but equal" doctrine.  Washington Post associate editor Steve Luxenberg talks about his new book, "Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson," which examines the role the railroads and riders in New England made in the revival of segregation in the South. 

Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation, by Steve Luxenberg

And author Neil Miller visits Sioux City as part of the Siouxland Pride festivities to talk about his book "Sex -Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s."

Sheila Brummer brings us some of the flavors of Mt. Rushmore.

Steve Smith previews Downtown Live.  The after-work music events begin this Friday.