A continuing series of commemorative activities to mark the 100th year anniversary of the East St. Louis Race Riots will be held Saturday, July 1 – Monday, July 3, 2017 in East St. Louis, St. Louis and atop Eads Bridge.
Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Day of Remembrance
Films and Discussion – begins at 1 p.m. at Better Family Life Facility (BFL), 5415 Page Blvd in St. Louis, Mo. This event includes the viewing of two independent short films about the East St. Louis Race Riot.
Sunday, July 2, 2017 – Day of Commemoration
Opening Activities- “Reviving and Renewing East St. Louis” – begins at 4:30p.m., outside at the SIUE East St. Louis Education Center, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., (Brady Ave,) in East St Louis, Ill. Commemorative Procession begins gathering at 6pm to depart by 6:30pm, The silent procession (with drumming) will depart from the SIUE East Louis Education Center and proceed to the center of *Eads Bridge. At the top of Eads Bridge, a memorial wreath will be placed in the Mississippi River. Flying Sky Lanterns will be lit and released from the bridge at the conclusion of the program. Participants are asked to wear white.
July 3, 2017 Monday – A Day of Resurrection
Discussion: “Communities of Color Taking Control of Their Own Destinies”, begins at 1p.m., Greater St. Mark Family Church, 9950 Glen Owens, Ferguson, MO 63136. This event includes an open community dialog, drumming, refreshments, networking, sharing ideas and experiences and finding solutions.