Cape Girardeau installs statue honoring black Civil War soldiers

CAPE GIRARDEAU — A new statue honoring black soldiers, especially those who fought in the Civil War, was installed this week in Cape Girardeau. TV station KFVS reported the statue was installed after the city received money from a grant and local and private donors. The statue is located in Ivers Square near the Common Pleas Courthouse in downtown Cape Girardeau. The dedication is on Saturday, June 8.

Schedule for Cape Girardeau Pride is out

CAPE GIRARDEAU — The schedule for this week’s Cape Girardeau Pride has been released. 

Festivities are on Thursday, May 4. From the Facebook event:
Entertainment, community vendors, local restaurants, food trucks, and a kid zone. This is a family friendly event designed for all members of our community. 
Admission is free
12:00 PM National Anthem – Performed by Grand Opening
12:05 PM Lecture on the history of Stonewall and the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement by Dr. Joel Rhodes, History Department SEMO
12:20 PM Grand Opening
1:30 PM Drag Performance by Independence Place
2:00 PM Grayson Belling
3:00 PM Megan Westcott
4:00 PM Odd Moses
5:30 PM Drag Performance by Independence Place
6:00 PM Carnahan and Co. 7:30 PM Chelsea Tree & Tabby – Hula Hoop Artists
1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, and 4 PM – Story Time
1- 6 PM Face Painting and Tattoos

1:50 PM Aerial Arts Performance by Adam Beard
5:20 PM Aerial Arts Performance by Adam Beard

All Day Lawn Games in the Northwest area of the festival ground

Inclusive prom coming to Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU — A Cape Girardeau will hold a prom for LGBTQ youth in April, a local TV station reported on Monday. From KFVS:

Organizers say the event is to allow the LGBTQ+ community to attend a prom where attendees can bring a date of their choosing and to have a great prom experience. The theme of the prom is “Over the Rainbow – A prom for Everyone.”

The event will be held at Safe Space Cape on Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau. The prom is open to community members in the ninth grade through adults.

Cape Girardeau to have first Pride this spring

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — This small city just across the Mississippi from Illinois will have its first Pride celebration this spring. Local public radio station KRCU reported that it was being organized by local LGBTQ organization Cape Pride. From KRCU:

Amber Moyers, who heads the board of directors for the LGBTQ+ advocacy group, says the event has been in the works since June 2018. They had hoped to hold the event last year, but Moyers says they ran out of time, and were still in need of more organization before moving forward.