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ST. LOUIS




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Annie Malone Parade marching through downtown St. Louis

 

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WELCOME TO ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
The city rises as high as the Gateway Arch national landmark and as wide as the nearby Cahokia Mounds of an ancient Native American culture. And St. Louis has more free family attractions than any destination outside the nation’s capitol ... More

BLACK GENESIS
The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 cemented St. Louis reputation as America's center of fur trade. A year later, Lewis & Clark set out from St. Louis to chart the new territory and French Canadians brought African slaves to the city ... More

CULTURAL SITES
Black World History Museum, Harris-Stowe State College, Katherine Dunham Museum & Cultural Center, St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Vaughn Cultural Center, George Washington Carver Garden, Portfolio Gallery ... More

SHOPS and GALLERIES
Several bookstores provide an intellectual anchor for the community, while eclectic gift shops, clothing and accessory boutiques, plus a notable art gallery warmly embrace visitors ... More

RESTAURANTS and NIGHTCLUBS
Bespeaking its Midwest location, St. Louis enjoys a range of Soul Food and Barbecue restaurants. Its location astride the Mississippi River also made it a prime home for Jazz, Blues and now Hip-Hop nightclubs ... More

INNKEEPERS
Nathan & Henrietta Phillips opened Central West End Bed & Breakfast in a charming three story estate, not far from St. Louis Grand Blvd entertainment district ... More

GENERAL ATTRACTIONS
At 630 feet tall by 630 feet wide, Gateway Arch is the nation's tallest man-made monument; ride the Journey to the Top tram from its base to its highest point. From there, view the Mississippi River, LaCledes Landing ... More

ART and HISTORY MUSEUMS
St. Louis has strong collections of classic and modern art and many historical exhibits and artifacts in its Museum of Western expansion, Sheldon Art Galleries, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum ... More

PERFORMING ART VENUES
Opulence is a word that quickly comes to mind when you visit Fox Theatre and Powell Symphony Hall, while the Grandel Theatre shows the potential of adaptive re-use and Sheldon Concert Hall ... More


FAMILY ATTRACTIONS
There's no shortage of outstanding attractions when you can visit St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, Magic House, Six Flags St. Louis, Grant's Farm, a bowling museum, baseball park and football dome ... More

THE VILLE
When elder Black folks talk of their St. Louis they remember the area bounded by Taylor Avenue, St. Louis Avenue, Sarah Street and what is today called Martin Luther King Drive. Though embattled with middle-class ... More

BARBEQUE and SOUL FOOD
St. Louis has earned accolades for its Black-owned Soul Food and Barbecue restaurants, many of whom have secret family recipes for everything from gravy-smothered ribs, steak, pork chops and chicken, to tender ... More

SCOTT JOPLIN and ST. LOUIS RAGTIME
St. Louis is the northern axis of America’s Musical Corridor, which runs along the Mississippi River linking St. Louis, Memphis, Natchez and New Orleans. This melodic corridor has given birth to most genres of American music ... More

FROM JOSEPHINE BAKER TO NELLY
A couple of years after Joplin’s world-renown composition made its debut at the World’s Fair, a young girl by the name of Freda Josephine McDonald was born here. A professional dancer and singer ... More

 

 

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