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Pelagie Green Wren

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 27, 2013 - When 19-year-old Pelagie Green kicked up her heels in the Muny chorus during the 1962 season, she was the first African American to do so.

Her history-making debut came nearly 50 years after trees and shrubs had been cleared between the giant oak trees in Forest Park for the performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

Pelagie Green Wren, The First Black Dancer At The Muny, Dies At 71

Sep 27, 2013
Courtesy of Hettie Barnhill

Of the dancers who performed as part of the Muny Chorus in 1962, only one of them had their own security guard.