St Louis City SC to feature art from Historic Black Neighborhood with an exhibit on sit with the new stadium. The Historic Black Neighborhood wad demolished in the 1950’s. St Louis native and nationally acclaimed artist Damon Davis is creating an exhibit to honor and recognize the neighborhood formerly known as Mill Creek Valley that was taken down in an urban renewal project in the 1950’s.
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The new soccer stadium and MLS franchise St Louis City SC is being built where this once proud neighborhood stood and the southern side will be landscaped to pinpoint the spot of exact homes locations. This exhibit on games days and other days being a learning spot and a vibrant historical additions to the City of St. Louis along with being a destination spot for school field trips.
The project is in partnership with Great River Greenway which is working on a one-mile stretch of the new Brickline Greenway segment between the new soccer stadium and Harris Stowe State University.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said:
“Sports teams and leagues have been leading voices in helping create meaningful dialogue around social and racial equity issues, this important project is unlike anything in professional sports as it has the ability to help transform a city. When St. Louis CITY hosts their first home match, I am excited MLS will be playing a prominent role in sharing the story of Mill Creek Valley.”
St Louis City SC Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Kindle Betz added:
“Sports and art both have the ability to empower and connect people from diverse backgrounds. By partnering with Great Rivers Greenway and working with this project’s many other partners, including Damon Davis, we believe we will create a moving experience within our stadium district where art, green space and gathering places come together to honor a historic St. Louis neighborhood.”
Personally, I am excited for MLS soccer and hope to get a chance to cover this sport and venue as soon as it is available.
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