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"The Unfair Fair - Prejudice on the Pike" event will take place Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 12-5pm.
16th Annual Mary Meachum Celebration Spotlights "Prejudice on the Pike"
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, April 22, 2018 - 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 1904, the world was invited to St. Louis, unless you were a person of color. Then you worked or were on display. Join us to rediscover the full history of St. Louis moment in the world spotlight.

The 1904 Louisiana Exposition World's Fair has always been source of pride for the city, but not all of the story has been told. Everyone was not invited to the fair, nor treated equally.

16th Annual Mary Meachum Celebration will spotlight "The Unfair Fair - Prejudice on the Pike". The event will take place Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 12-5pm. 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!

There will be a "Pike" along the bike trail to recreate the festivities of the 1904 World's Fair. On the stage, there will be church choirs singing the new type of church music - gospel. Of course, there will be a performance of vignettes recreating the Black experience on the main stage and throughout the festival site.

There will be Vaudeville type acts, including magic show by Circus Harmony, and some international acts such Middle Eastern Dance and African drumming. To represent the Anthropology Village that had humans on display, we are using life size photos from the fair to explain the various cultures that were exploited for others' enjoyment during the fair.

Representation and context matters. In a region where people reference this event on a weekly basis and has shaped our region's culture, showcasing the full range of experiences from that time is of critical importance to everyone understanding the long and complicated history of race relations in St. Louis. The World's Fair, being a ubiquitous and beloved topic, is a great example of how there is always more to the story.

The organization is still recruiting both performing acts and vendors to sell food, drinks or goods. To participate, please contact Angela at or by calling 314-865-0708.

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