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Update: Buffalo Soldiers Re-enactment Rescheduled Due to Flooding
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 5, 2017 - Local history will come alive at Missouri's first nationally-recognized Underground Railroad site, the historic Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing, Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12 - 5 p.m. The event was rescheduled from May 6, due to flooding on the Riverfront.
Residents and visitors will get a glimpse of what life was like for the 25th Colored Infantry during their famous 1,900-mile, 41-day journey by bicycle in 1897.
The "Buffalo Soldiers and Bicycles" event will chronical the voyage of 20 Buffalo Soldiers, who were employed to test the use of bicycles as vehicles of war. These soldiers endured rough riding conditions as they traveled from Fort Missoula, MT., to St. Louis in just 41 days, where they were greeted by over 10,000 people awaiting their arrival in Forest Park.
"The soldiers in the 25th Colored Infantry rode specially designed prototype bicycles, of which only 26 were made," said Angela da Silva, Adjunct Professor at Lindenwood University and historical reenactor director and event manager. "It was the event of the summer as they left from Missoula, MT, crossing five states before arriving to an incredible reception here in St. Louis."
Further testing of the use of bicycles in war was permanently shelved due to the onset of the Spanish-American War. The Bicycle Corps disbanded and members of the 25th Colored Infantry were deployed to Cuba to fight in the Spanish American war as part of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders.
Other highlights will include additional re-enactments, games and scavenger hunts for kids, and a competition between local choirs from area churches. A sunset flag ceremony and a traditional barn dance, featuring "called dances" with opportunities for attendees join in, will round out the event. Guests are welcome to come in 1897 attire or just as they are. The event will also feature music and food and drinks for purchase.
That morning, before the official event begins, Great Rivers Greenway and Trailnet will also be hosting a free, 10-mile, roundtrip historical bike ride along St. Louis City street routes. Those participating in the ride will be able to learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers and other local black historical events during five stops along the route.
The ride begins at the Biddle Street Trailhead on the St. Louis Riverfront at 10 a.m., ending at the Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing site at noon - just in time for the "Buffalo Soldiers and Bicycles" event. Guides will also be stationed along the Mississippi Greenway, from Biddle Street Trailhead to the Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing site (a distance of three miles), for those walking or biking the greenway from the Biddle Street Trailhead to get to the event.
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, a free woman of color who guided many slaves to freedom by helping them to cross over to the free state of Illinois, and later helped to spearhead education efforts for men, women and children of color in St. Louis.
Arts and Education Council's Competition for the Arts
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 23, 2017 - Six entrepreneurs of more than 30 submissions have advanced to the final round of the Arts and Education Council's stARTup Competition for arts entrepreneurs, launched in January in partnership with the PNC Foundation.
Creative Reaction Lab - Antionette Carroll
Founded in 2014, Creative Reaction Lab educates, trains, and challenges cities to co-design solutions with traditionally underrepresented communities to make one's city healthier and more inclusive through creative problem solving, civic engagement and entrepreneurship.
The Feedback Loop - Johnny Heo
The Feedback Loop utilizes the power of the creative to give a voice to the marginalized through a co-working studio in the Delmar Loop that invests in the careers of musicians working North of Delmar.
Central Haven for Writers - Amanda Wells
Imagine a St. Louis that provides a central haven for its writers - a place where writers, could-be writers, and artists who want to work with writers converge to learn from each other, collaborate and call home.
Arts Integration Teacher Resource Center - Emily Kohring
The program will create a resource center that empowers teachers across the St. Louis region, in all subject areas, to integrate the arts by boosting their confidence through professional learning experiences: workshops, coaching and online resources.
Project - Layers Kirsten Marklin
Project Layers is a project-based design program for high school students that will focus on mentorship, creative problem solving and job training.
PRIME - Kyle Kratky & Andrea Schoening
A new breed of theatre company in St. Louis, PRIME will initially produce 24-hour new play festivals to create raw, welcoming, and unorthodox theatre for all, encapsulating the ephemeral and encouraging community engagement.
The finalists will present their stARTup idea to the competition panel on May 4. Winners will be announced by June 1. Competition winners will be awarded up to $10,000 in seed funding, one year of incubation support and space in A&E's Centene Center for the Arts and professional development and mentorship opportunities.
Special Election for Ward 28 to Take Place July 11
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 23, 2017 - The City Election Board will hold a Special Election in Ward 28 on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Alderwoman Lyda Krewson on April 18, 2017.
Because the vacancy occurs more than 180 days prior to the next General Municipal Election in 2019, Article IV, Section 5 of the City Charter requires that a Special Election be held no sooner than 75 days nor later than 90 days after the occurrence of the vacancy. The individual elected will serve for the remainder of Alderwoman Krewson' s unexpired term.
Since there is no primary election in this instance, the city central committees of the established political parties have the right to certify to the Election Board their candidate to stand for election to fill the vacancy no later than 30 days before the date of the Special Election.
Since that date (June 11) falls on a Sunday, the deadline is the close of business on Friday, June 9. A nonpartisan/independent candidate has until that same deadline to submit a petition containing the signatures of at least 10% of the registered voters in Ward 28 who voted in the April 4, 2017 mayoral election (i.e., 316 signatures). Absentee voting for the July 11 Special Election will begin on Monday, June 12.
For more information on the July 11, 2017 Special Election, please contact the Election Board at 314-622-4336 or visit the Board's website at www.stlelections.com. A variety of helpful voter information is available on the website. Voters are encouraged to take advantage of this user - friendly resource.
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