The National Blues Museum to Host Free Screening of Ava DuVernay’s Documentary “13th” on March 25, 2017

The National Blues Museum to Host Free Screening of Ava DuVernay’s Documentary “13th” on March 25, 2017

Panel Discussion to Follow with Local St. Louis Blues Artist, Marquise Knox and

Former Prison Guard, Kory L. May


St. Louis, MO – March 14, 2017: The National Blues Museum announced that it will host a full screening of the award-winning documentary “13th by director Ava DuVernay on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 1 pm-4 pm in the museum’s Lumière Place Legends Room. The event is free and open to the public.

The showing will be followed by an in-depth panel discussion on how race, injustice and capitalism intersects with the American prison system. The panel will be moderated by Jacqueline K. Dace, Director of Internal Affairs with the National Blues Museum and includes guests Marquise Knox, local St. Louis Blues artist who will share his personal story, and Kory L. May, LMSW, a former prison guard.

According to Dion Brown, Executive Director of the National Blues Museum, “When the opportunity presented itself to show this film, I believed it was a great option to add to the museum’s programming.” Brown continues, “One of the purposes of museums, including the National Blues Museum, is to provide a neutral space for sensitive topics. Most recently, the museum hosted an event about Blues and the civil rights movement as it pertains to American history. Just as that event allowed meaningful discussion, I’m hopeful that this film screening and panel will do the same.”

In 2014, with the shooting of Michael Brown, St. Louis became the epicenter of questions surrounding race and the criminal justice system in the United States and while conversations and dialogue continue to this day, many are still searching for answers. According to Dace, “This program does not promise to deliver those answers, but it will certainly pose targeted questions as we’ve invited young people from throughout the metro to join in on the conversation. The storyline within “13th“ remains timely and necessary as we traverse our way through understanding the lasting impact of mass incarceration on African American communities.”

The film’s title is from the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution which was ratified in 1865 and is frequently looked upon as the total abolition of slavery. However, a closer look at the actual words reveals that there is a crack left in the door. The Amendment reads as follows, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” This film exposes the multiple ways where the designation of the term slavery has changed, while the conditions and results remain the same.


For information about the program, contact Jacqueline Dace, Director of Internal Affairs with the National Blues Museum by calling (314) 925-0016 ext. 437 or emailing [email protected].


About the National Blues Museum

The National Blues Museum is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history and legacy of Blues music and its impact on world culture. Located in Downtown St. Louis in the Mercantile Exchange (MX) district, the museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to be the premier entertainment and educational resource focused on the Blues as the foundation of American music. Voted as a top travel destination in 2016 by The New York Times,, and CNN, the National Blues Museum uses artifact-driven exhibits, live performances and interactive galleries to perpetuate Blues culture for future generations of artists, fans and historians. Conveniently located at the center of St. Louis’s convention and tourism district, the museum is within walking distance of the iconic Gateway Arch, the home venues of the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, and many other attractions and amenities. For more information, visit To stay connected, follow @NatBluesMuseum on Twitter, @NationalBluesMuseum on Instagram, and like “National Blues Museum” on Facebook.

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