5659 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63112 / Cake artist: Liza Fishbone

 

Ruth C. Porter (1915-1967) was a founding member of the Greater St. Louis Committee for Freedom of Residence. She is remembered for her tireless efforts for equality treatment between race and class in St. Louis. This includes the revitalization of the West End, where the park is located. In 1965, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) named her ‘the outstanding woman of the year’. Porter also helped integrate housing and break down housing restrictions in St. Louis.

Located at the 3-way stop between Delmar and DeBaliviere, the park is nearly nine acres. It has some in-ground water sprinklers as well as a peaceful walkway. The St. Vincent Greenway Trail, which connects to North County, can be accessed through here. This gives bikers and walkers easy access to Forest Park, as the Missouri History Museum (the northern part of Forest Park) is just down the road south on DeBaliviere.

The cake as it stood in front of the sign
The cake as it stood in front of the sign
The water sprinklers at the park!
The water sprinklers at the park!

Cake placement date: February 24

Where is the cake now?: The cake was removed in early 2015, and it is reportedly in storage at Great Rivers Greenway.

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