Visitors are invited to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery and the end of the Civil War at The Great Jubilation Saturday, May 9, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing. The free celebration will bring history to life through music and reenactments.
Historical characters including Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln will share their stories with visitors. Families can also watch a 19th century medicine show and enjoy performances by local choirs. Visitors are encouraged to dress in 1865 attire.
The Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing site is located on the Mississippi River Greenway on the banks of the Mississippi River, just north of Merchant's Bridge in North St. Louis City. The site commemorates the work of Mary Meachum, who helped guide many slaves to freedom by helping them to cross over to the free state of Illinois. It is also Missouri's first nationally recognized Underground Railroad site.
"The story of Mary Meachum has always been mesmerizing to me, and I look forward to celebrating the 150th anniversary," said Alderman Dionne Flowers, who represents St. Louis City's second ward.
Great Rivers Greenway and Trailnet will host a 5-mile bike ride along the Mississippi River Greenway beginning at 11 a.m. Event organizers will also honor historically black Lincoln University, which is located in Jefferson City and owes its founding to contributions made by the Black 62nd and 65th regiments.