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Ribbon Re-Cut Outside Arch

"The Arch belongs to everybody - not just the wealthy donors," says City Treasurer Tishaura Jones.

July 06, 2018 - 5:41 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A do-over on the Arch grounds Friday at noon -- a second ribbon-cutting for the new Arch Museum, after complaints that the original ribbon-cutting July 3 was all white, with no people of color.

State Rep. Bruce Franks says the first ribbon-cutting highlighted what he calls "systemic problems" of race in the region.
Holding the scissors this time were Franks and City Treasurer Tishaura Jones.

"The Arch belongs to everybody - not just the wealthy donors, but also, this is paid for by taxpayers, and so that's why we're calling this the people's ribbon-cutting," Jones says.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who was at both ribbon-cuttings, says while she didn't organize the first event, she regrets what happened, and says "the optics weren't good."

"You know, that picture just makes everything that we're doing harder," she says.

How could that photo have happened?, KMOX's Kevin Killeen asked.

"Because we don't ask the hard questions of who's in the room and who's at the table," Jones said. "Sounds like people left their racial equity lenses at home."

"Clearly, everyone needed to pay better attention," the mayor said.