Underground Railroad monument sought in St. Louis

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Some local historians and St. Louis civic leaders want to commemorate a historic Underground Railroad crossing near the Mississippi River with a permanent monument.

The riverfront site north of downtown St. Louis marks the point where railroad leader Mary Meachum led a group of runaway slaves in May 1855 from the slave state of Missouri into Illinois, a free state.

KWMU-FM (bit.ly/1gpIDnF) reports that efforts are underway to erect a more prominent tribute known as the Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing at a site now designated only by a historic National Park Services marker along a riverfront walking and cycling trail.

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