A new, ten-foot-tall cast bronze statue honoring more than 300 slaves and lawyers who sued for freedom in St. Louis Court in the early to mid-1800s is planned for downtown St. Louis. St. Louis Circuit Judge David C. Mason first conceived the project and assembled a steering committee to organize the project and select the design. GRG attorney Tom Neill is a member of the steering committee – which includes court officials, attorneys, city leaders, arts leaders, and academics. The committee selected a design by artist Preston Jackson, which will be aligned with the Gateway Mall and the Old Courthouse, where most of the lawsuits were tried. Fundraising for the new piece is being conducted through the St. Louis Bar Foundation.