Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mary Meachum Festival

Beginnings of a Brave New World
14th Annual Mary Meachum Festival
Saturday May 7, 2016 from 11am-6pm


Don't Miss the 14th Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration, "Beginnings of a Brave New World", Saturday May 7, 2016, 11 - 6pm at Missouri’s first nationally recognized Underground Railroad site, 4500 E. Prairie Ave.
The public is invited to come to the banks of the mighty Mississippi River to experience a day of celebrating freedom. Discover what life was like 150 years ago through historical reenactments and performances featuring Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas and more.
Mary Meachum, a free woman of color and the widow of John Berry Meachum, spearheaded efforts in education. She took a stand against slavery and used her home as a depot of the Underground Railroad. In 1855, she was arrested for aiding in the attempted escape of nine slaves across the Mississippi River to freedom in Illinois. Hence the site is now named in her honor.
Did you know the famous Buffalo Soldiers started right here at Jefferson Barracks in 1897? Experience first-hand how they trained and lived. Join in the fun and history. The festival will feature great food, art, music, spirit-filled choirs, dancing, poetry and more. This event is fun and free for the entire family.
Event Details:
Noon · Entertainment (music, choirs, dance, poetry)
2:30 pm ·  Remarks from distinguished guests

3:30 pm · Historical dramatic performance
4:30 pm · Sunset flag ceremony

4:45 pm · Barn dance


Sponsored by Great Rivers Greenway, The Urban League, Lincoln University, youth & Family Center and more. For more information, visit www.marymeachum.org or call 314-865-0708 to get connected today.

Directions to the Mary Meachum Festival: Take Highway 70 to Grand Ave: East toward river; North on Hall to Prairie; Right on Prairie to site & parking. Rangers & shuttles can direct visitors to the event.

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