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Abdullah Brown-El '18

November 20, 2018

Abdullah Brown-El '18 was interviewed by Don Marsh on St. Louis On the Air on 11.20.18 and was featured on the stlouispublicradio.org website: "St. Louis teenager Abdullah Brown-El was reading a book on the history of the St. Louis riverfront when a particular tidbit piqued his interest and he decided to dig a bit deeper. 'It was just a little blurb on [one] page of the book – about a girl named Geneva Abbott who had the idea for an arch on the riverfront,' Brown-El said on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air. 'She quoted Alfred [Lord] Tennyson saying, "All experience is an archwherethro’/ Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades/ For ever and for ever when I move" … I thought that was really cool, because [Abbott’s 1933 arch drawing] was obviously before Eero Saarinen thought of that, too.' Brown-El, who recently completed the Missouri History Museum's Teens Make History apprenticeship program and is now a freshman at Amherst College, talked about the discovery with host Don Marsh while back home in St. Louis over Thanksgiving break. Also participating in the conversation was Elizabeth Pickard, director of education and interpretation for the history museum." Listen to the interview and read the whole article here