17th Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration

May 4th 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Africans to Americans: 400 Years of History 1619-2019

Join us Saturday May 4 at Missouri’s first nationally-recognized Underground Railroad site, the historic Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing. Come experience 400 years of African American history as told by three renowned St. Louis-area playwrights. The “Africans to Americans: 400 Years of History” event will chronicle the lives of Africans in America from the arrival of 20 enslaved Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort Virginia in 1619 to present day.

Watch history come to life on the banks of the mighty Mississippi as local actors and musicians bring three plays to life-each focused on a different timeframe between 1419 and 2019.

The event will also feature music, games for children a gospel choir competition sponsored by Praise 95.1, as well as food, drinks, and artisan goods/crafts for purchase.

Free, all ages welcome, in costume or come as you are!

Don’t miss the Gospel Choir competition from 12-2 pm with MC Scooda from Praise 95.1!

Learn more about the event here: https://greatriversgreenway.org/mary-meachum/

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Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Site

Take highway 70 to Grand Ave; East toward river; North on Hall to Prairie; Right on Prairie to site and parking.

28 E. Grand Avenue

St. Louis, Missouri 63147

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Take the Mississippi Greenway: Biddle Street Riverfront to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (Riverfront Trail)

Not accessible by MetroBus

Not accessible by MetroLink

Parking is available. Rangers and shuttles can direct you to the event from Prairie.