During a visit to the Smithsonian when he was five years old, Roscoe Brown first laid eyes on the Spirit of St. Louis, Charles Lindbergh's plane which flew across the Atlantic just the year before. Needless to say, Brown was absolutely captivated.
Ironically, there is another transatlantic transport with the name 'St. Louis' whose story is one of the nadirs of America's storied past. Though little known, perhaps no other moment since the Emancipation Proclamation might well have burdened America's conscience as much.