Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration

The 17th Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration will celebrate The 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the settlement that would become Virginia in 1619.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 4 from noon- 5 p.m. on the Mississippi Greenway's Riverfront Trail.

This year’s theme is “Africans to Americans: 400 Years of History.” The program will feature dramatic reenactments by local playwrights Angela Da Silva, Gregory S. Carr and Mariah L. Richardson that depict Meachum’s journey to guide a group of enslaved African-Americans across state lines to freedom in Illinois.

For more information, visit https://greatriversgreenway.org/mary-meachum/

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