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You know Cherokee Street. Meet 'La Calle Cherokee,' a newly-designated cultural district

Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio
FILE PHOTO: The owners of Diana's Bakery, at 2843 Cherokee, set up a Día de los Muertos altar honoring Mexican celebrities in 2016 on Cherokee Street."

This weekend, Cherokee Street between Gravois and Jefferson will be officially designated as a Hispanic/Latino cultural district known as “La Calle Cherokee.”

The area, known for a proliferation of Latino-owned businesses and street festivals, will be unveiled as such during the annualFiestas Patrias celebration observing Mexican Independence Day.

Joining St. Louis on the Air to discuss the importance of the designation and the celebration were:

  • Anne McCullough, Director, Cherokee Street Business Association
  • Carlos Restrepo, Membership Manager, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Martha Leticia Seitz, Executive Director, Latinos en Axion

"This puts the area on the map officially," Restrepo said of the cultural designation. "On the map, it used to be called 'Little Mexico,' but we want to honor all Hispanic and Latino businesses on the street. We didn't want it to be exclusive, calling it 'Little Mexico,' but by calling it 'La Calle Cherokee,' we still kept the name of the street and gave a nod to Hispanic and Latino business owners who are there."
Listen to the full discussion of the Hispanic and Latino history of Cherokee Street as well as the celebration going on this weekend:

Related Event

What: Fiestas Patrias STL
When: Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
where: Cherokee Street
More information.

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