1005 Pennsylvania Ave., East St. Louis, IL, 62201 / Cake artist: Dail Chambers
In the last century, it was one woman who traveled around the world and helped revolutionize dance culture, and she helped open doors for several people. Ever heard of Eartha Kitt or Alvin Ailey? Without Katherine Dunham, they probably would not have gained notice in the entertainment world. Dunham, born in Chicago, started the Katherine Dunham School of Dance in New York City and operated it for several years. She didn’t move to East St. Louis until her 50s. While in East St. Louis, she collaborated with people from numerous professions to create a liberal arts program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Dunham Hall, which houses the Theater, Mass Communications and Music departments at SIUE, is named in her honor.
The museum hosts several artifacts from Dunham herself. We’re talking about from 250 different countries!
Cake placement date: February 21
Where is the cake now?: The cake still sits outside the museum. (April 2017)