Jeffrey Deroin was an unsung hero of the American frontier whose influence shaped the state of Missouri. Because he was born a slave, there is little to no documentation regarding his life. Through extensive research, Missouri historians and the St. Joseph Museums, Inc., have attempted to shed light on this lost legend who was so important to the development of our home city and the whole northwest corner of the state.
St. Joseph Museums, Inc.
Sarah Elder-Curator of Collections, St. Joseph Museums, Inc.
Greg Olson-Author of "Jeffrey Deroine: Iowa Translator, Frontier Diplomat" and Curator of Special Exhibits and Special Projects, Missouri State Archives
Trevor Tutt-Collections Manager, St. Joseph Museums, Inc.