Mary Meachum Celebration

Buffalo Soliders & Bicycles: Their Spectacular Journey!

ALERT: Due to flooding, this event will be June 10, 2017!

Join Us: Saturday, June 10, 2017

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 Check out more photos from last year’s event on Facebook!

All ages welcome to the mighty Mississippi’s banks to experience an exciting and important piece of St. Louis history! Discover the spectacular journey:

Buffalo Soldiers & Bicycles

15th Annual Mary Meachum Celebration
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 12-5pm
Check out the walking and biking tours before the event!

In 1855 , a free-born black woman, Mary Meachum, believed slavery was wrong and did something about it.
In 1865, slavery ended and brought with it many new beginnings.
In 1897, the Buffalo Soldiers were deployed to travel 1,900 miles across 5 states to test bicycles as vehicles for war.
It took 41 days and a lot of grit. Join us to discover their spectacular journey!

Event Details:

  • 10:00 am Mary Meachum Bike Ride & black history tour (Click here to register-meet and finish at the Biddle Street Trailhead)
  • 12:00 pm Event begins, including entertainment (music, choirs, dance, poetry)
  • 1:00 pm Historical dramatic performance
  • 2:00pm Choir Competition and other performers (prizes by acclaim)
  • 3:30 pm Historical dramatic performance
  • 4:45 pm Sunset flag ceremony
  • 5:00 pm Barn dance

Click here for more information about the Buffalo Soldiers and the 15th Annual Mary Meachum Celebration.

Local art, goods, food & drink for purchase. Games for children, education for all!


Take Highway 70 to Grand Ave: East toward river; North on Hall to Prairie; Right on Prairie to site & parking. Rangers & shuttles can direct you to the event from there!


Interested in selling food or drink, arts or wares at the festival? Contact Angie at (314) 865-0708 or Hope to see you there!

Special thanks to our sponsors and funders for this event:

Great Rivers Greenway
Missouri Division of Tourism

Check out the flyer: