Announcing the Arnold Krekel and James Milton Turner Essay Contest

Clubs and Organizations

March 9, 2020

Celebrating German Heritage and Black History Month

It is little known that German immigrants to Missouri before and during the Civil War had no regard for the institution of slavery. They found the practice of slavery to be a fundamental threat to democracy in the United States. As a result, German immigrants took a courageous stand against the practice and worked with African American soldiers and abolitionists to end slavery and help improve education in the State. Judge Arnold Krekel took a lead in the emancipation convention and worked with James Milton Turner and the 62nd Colored Infantry to raise funds to start what is now Lincoln University. This essay contest challenges students to critically examine that history and evaluate why the example set by German immigrant abolitionists and African Americans who were enslaved or freed during this period was so important to Missouri and a model for our time.

Essay Details:

Questions: or 314-721-6556.

Student Eligibility: 9th-12th grade

Entry Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM


First Place - $300
Second Place - $150
Teacher Prize - $300

(This prize goes to the teacher with the most students participating that meet the guidelines.)

Student and Teacher winners will be featured in the Hermann Advertiser Courier Newspaper.