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MEET ME IN SAINT LOUIS

Installation of Joseph del Pesco and Jon Rubin’s Monuments, Ruins and Forgetting, 2019, 2712 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, April 3, 2019. Photo: James McAnally.

CHEROKEE STREET is a singular commercial thoroughfare in Saint Louis. Surrounded by an ethnically diverse low-income residential area, it’s home to the city’s largest Latinx population as well as its largest black community south of the North Side. After a handful of small, shaggy, and mostly short-lived alternative art spaces moved in roughly eighteen years ago, the area began to earn a reputation as a creative district; I directed one of those spaces for four years and lived on the street for six. The Luminary, a nonprofit run by Brea and James McAnally, was founded at a rental space in a nearby neighborhood and moved to its permanent location, a former Walgreens, on Cherokee Street in 2014. This was just before Michael Brown, a black teenager, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, about fifteen miles away, in Ferguson, Missouri. The tragedy shook the

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