Steve McQueen's local bonafides are in the process of being reinforced with the opening of a special collection devoted to McQueen at the Beech Grove Public Library and the imminent publication of a new, significantly expanded biography by Marshall Terrill.

McQueen, by all accounts, was born in Beech Grove, at St. Francis Hospital in 1930. And while most of what has been called a Dickensian (in all the worst ways) childhood was spent in Slater, Missouri, it also seems he returned fitfully to Indianapolis where, by his account, most of his time was spent getting into trouble.

Until now, little has been done to officially acknowledge McQueen's Indianapolis connection, but the Beech Grove Public Library is doing its best to fill this void with The Steve McQueen Birthplace Collection, a special collection intended to provide future biographers, fans and students with an accurate historical accounting regarding Beech Grove's "small yet documented part in his life."

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