East St. Louis

The term “Renaissance Man” is a cliché term nowadays. But every so often, a man, or in this case, a great woman, comes along who very much deserves that title: Katherine Dunham, who devoted much of the last four decades of her life to East St. Louis. Read more


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The Armour Meat Packing Plant. Photograph by Chris Naffziger

National City once contained more cows and pigs than people. When the Armour Meat Packing Plant finally falls to make way for a new road, the old company town's erasure will be complete. Read more


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Photograph by Chris Naffziger

The rich musical history of East St. Louis should not be forgotten, and neither should its rich architectural heritage. Fortunately, the city is making strides to do just that: its downtown will soon join the National Register of Historic Places. Read more