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Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 11:08 am

Washington Fair 1963 was 50 long years ago but after some thought not too long ago since time has a knack of being fleeting. Memories of the 1963 Fair can be restored. We took a look at the 1963 Missourian to refresh our memory, and a lot of what happened returned to our recall.

That was the Fair that received negative publicity in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The newspaper reported that a race riot occurred. It was a gross exaggeration. There was a slight incident involving some whites and blacks. It didn’t amount to much. There were no arrests. No one was hurt. It was as minor as they come. Yet the newspaper expanded it to call it a riot. In a front page editorial, The Missourian called the published story “irresponsible reporting,” and harmful to journalism in general.

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