is a partnership between Northside Community Housing and multi-generational Ville residents to celebrate and share the rich history of the Ville, a historic African American community in the heart of St. Louis, Missouri.
THE VILLE is a historic African-American neighborhood located in St. Louis, Missouri with a rich history of African-American education, business, and art. Prior to the United States Civil Rights movement, the use of restrictive covenants and other legal restrictions prevented African-Americans from finding housing in most areas of the city. As a result, the African American population of St. Louis became heavily concentrated in and around the Ville. The neighborhood became home to a number of important cultural institutions for the black community, including Sumner High School, Poro College, Lincoln University Law School, Stowe Teachers College, Simmons Elementary, Tandy Rec Center, Sarah-Lou Cafe, Annie Malone Children’s Home, and Homer G. Phillips Hospital.
Do you believe in the power of art to build pride and community? Would you like your art to celebrate the black history of St. Louis?
Submit a design in the 4theVille billboard competition.
November 20 – December 1, 2017