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Disgraceful Vandalism at St. Augustine’s

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What the scrappers haven’t gotten (see the ladder lying on the roof of the church, and the rope they were using to climb up and steal the copper is still hanging there), the hipster graffiti “artists” have desecrated.

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Want to know the definition of “privilege,” that term that gets bandied about on the news a lot nowadays? Privilege is vandalizing an impoverished, African-American congregation’s church building in support of a criminal, who in addition to graffiti, was involved in the drug trade (the FBI raided his apartment shortly after his arrest), and sped away from officers, endangering others’ safety.

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It’s common knowledge that my website is used by the wrong people to find buildings to break into and vandalize. I really wish they wouldn’t. Or maybe at least realize that vandalizing this church is not “fighting the Man” but committing a crime against the most vulnerable members of society. I spoke with the son of the church’s minister; they couldn’t afford the utilities anymore and then the copper thieves and vandals descended like vultures shortly thereafter. It broke his heart to see what you all have been doing to his church. Way to go.

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I will be offering the rescheduled tours of St. Louis Place this Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00 and 3:00 PM. The neighborhood has been in the news lately as eminent domain threatens the area with demolition for the new NGA site. But when examined closer, the neighborhood becomes a rich tapestry of people, history and architecture. Come explore St. Louis Place and see what made this such a special neighborhood for two hundred years. We will visit the mansions of St. Louis Avenue, the old Falstaff Brewery, St. Liborius and other homes and businesses that have called the area home for decades, or even centuries.

We will meet at the sitting area across the street from Crown Candy Kitchen prior to both tours, in front of the beautiful Jesse Owens mural.

Limited spots available. (30 per tour)
Tickets must be purchased ahead of time to guarantee a spot.
$20

To purchase tickets, please Paypal $20 per ticket to cityofnightstlouis@gmail.com. Be sure to include your name to be added to our ticket list.

4 Comments

  1. Its pretty shameful that people have vandalized the church like this.
    Its unfortunate that none of these vandals fell from the roof while stealing copper.

  2. It’s hard to believe this will last much longer. I would love to see pictures before it got this bad. Even some now , before it collapses .

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