Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration

05/21/11, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Notice: Because of the Global Pandemic declared on March 11, 2020, and subsequent Federal, State and Local Public Health Orders, for the protection of the public and in keeping with CDC guidelines, meetings will be restricted to no more than 10 persons maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart. Many meetings will be held via video/teleconference in lieu of in-person meetings. Please review the meeting notice closely for instructions on where/how to join the meeting.

Community Event

Admission: Free.

Grace Hill celebrates the historic Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing on May 21, from 12 noon-4pm. The 9th annual event includes a fully costumed reenactment of the events of May 21, 1855 -- when a party of nine enslaved Africans crossed the Mississippi river to Illinois in an attempt to make a daring ?flight to freedom?. The exodus was ?conducted? by Mary Meechum, a free woman of color and widow of John Berry Meachum,the famous abolitionist. The celebration will take place on the St. Louis Riverfront Bike Trail at Missouri?s only nationally recognized Underground Railroad Site. The event will also feature music, food, and art exhibits. To reach the event take highway 70 to Grand Ave; go east on Grand toward the Mississippi River; Grand turns left and becomes Hall Street; continue on Hall ¼ mile to first turn on right (look for a large Riverfront Trail sign); continue to parking area.


Handicap Accesible

North Riverfront Trail

Grace Hill Settlement House


Other Contact:
Doug Eller @ 314.584.6703

Tags: Ward 2, North Riverfront

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