JEFFERSON CITY — A crowd gathered Saturday in Jefferson Metropolis to rejoice the state’s bicentennial, with a World Struggle II nurse main the parade.
KTVO reports that Edith Harrington waved to the group from a navy jeep, adopted by about 100 entries that highlighted the historical past of the Present-Me state. The 98-year-old joined the USA Cadet Nurse Corps in 1943.
The festivities additionally marked the election of state officeholders in 2020, whose conventional inauguration occasions had been delayed due to the coronavirus.
Missouri turned 200 years outdated last month. Territorial residents first sought statehood in 1818 however the request turned slowed down in Congress by a dispute over whether or not slavery must be allowed.
In March 1820, President James Monroe signed laws often called the Missouri Compromise. Maine was allowed into the union as a free state. Missouri was allowed to draft a structure as a slave state, as long as no different new slave states fashioned north of Missouri’s southern border.
Missourians thought that they had change into a state, however the events had been untimely.
Missouri’s first structure, which sought to exclude free “Negros or mulattoes” from the state, prompted additional opposition in Congress.
After a second compromise, Monroe signed laws lastly making Missouri the twenty fourth state on Aug. 10, 1821.