The Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing site marks and recognizes the first documented Underground Railroad event in the state of Missouri in 1855. Mary Meachum, already a free slave herself, assisted and accompanied a group of escape slaves in crossing the Mississsippi River from Missouri to Illinois. Unfortunately, police officers were waiting on the the other side and arrested Mary Meachum and threw her in jail.
The Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing and rest area is located just North of downtown St. Louis. on the Riverfront Trail. Visitors will enjoy the scenic location while learning the story about this brave heroine from America's History.
Things to Do
- Hike and bike on the gorgeous Riverfront Trail overlooking the Mississippi River.
- View the murals on the levee wall, learn from the informative historical signage throughout the area, and experience the historical significance of the monumental Crossing with the various historical markers on site.
- There is also a rest area building which is used for special events and a rest stop for trail goers. Thee building is complete with an observation deck overlooking the Mississippi River.
- This site is home to the yearly event entitled The Mary Meachum Freedom Celebration which includes music, dancing, storytelling, and a historical re-enactment that you wont want to miss.
Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing and Rest Area Insider Tips
- You can drive or take the biking/ hiking trail to this rest area and historic landmark.
- The rest area building is not open very often right now, usually on weekends and for special events. Hopefully once this work in progress is finished, it will be more accessible.
- This site is still being developed, so be on the lookout for more to come at this historical location.