Underground Railroad

Underground Railroad
3:02 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Civic Leaders Announce Competition For Meachum Freedom Crossing Monument Design

Angela da Silva, adjunct professor in American studies at Lindenwood University, re-enacts the night of Mary Meachum's freedom crossing.
Credit Nora Ibrahim

On the 159th anniversary of Mary Meachum's attempted crossing of the Mississippi River — from what was at the time the slave state of Missouri to the free state Illinois — St. Louis residents, local groups and officials gathered at the crossing site to announce plans for a permanent monument. For many of those who attended, it marks 15 years of hard work to get the site more widely recognized. 

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