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Protesters return to site of 1963 gathering

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Octogenarian protesters joined fresh-faced climate change activists Friday to recall and re-enact a series of civil rights demonstrations that changed hiring practices in St. Louis and paved the way toward greater equality for blacks.

Several of the 19 original marchers jailed for defying a judge's order against disrupting business at Jefferson Bank and Trust Company returned to mark the 50-year anniversary of protests that began on August 30th, 1963 and escalated into near daily demonstrations outside the city jail.

The group of community leaders, civic organizers and Washington University students convinced the bank and hundreds of other city businesses to hire more African-Americans as tellers and in other office jobs.

Participants were scheduled to gather Friday night at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, which sponsored several anniversary events.

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