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Name:    Rutgers, Pelagie Ailotte
Profession:  Building Owner
Category:  African-American Experience, Planning and Development
Born/Started:    1802
Died/Ended:    1867
Description:    Pelagie Aillotte Rutgers was a member of the St. Louis mid-nineteenth century black elite and had substantial real estate holdings in the St. Louis area. Born in St. Louis, she became a major landholder in the area and rented commercial buildings and tenements to white businessmen. Estimates of her wealth ran as high as five hundred thousand dollars, making her the richest African American in St. Louis.

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