Sister Glavin recently received the exciting news that St. Philippine Duchesne has been elected to the St. Louis Walk of Fame! The induction event will take place on Friday, June 23, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, at 11:30 a.m. at her star and plaque, 6241 Delmar in The Loop. A ragtime band will play before and after the star and plaque are unveiled. All are welcome to attend.
What a fun and engaging event to add to the slate of bicentennial activities getting underway this summer!
The St. Louis Walk of Fame is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988. Its purpose is to “showcase the cultural heritage of St. Louis and to advance the knowledge, awareness and appreciation of great St. Louisans and their accomplishments.” The Walk consists of brass stars featuring the name of an honoree and bronze plaques with biographical information that summarizes his or her achievements and connection to the city, embedded in the sidewalks of the Delmar Loop. According to Walk of Fame founder Joe Edwards, the plaques distinguish it from similar projects throughout the country, and make it educational as well as entertaining.
Presently there are 150 individuals on the Walk of Fame, from Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau to Jack Buck and Maya Angelou. For a complete list of inductees, click here. One hundred twenty St. Louisans serve on the selection committee, including chancellors and department heads of area universities, key people at libraries and arts and historical organizations, the media and other people with a knowledge of the cultural heritage of St. Louis.
The Walk of Fame is free, open all year and easily accessible.