ST. LOUIS, MO. (KMOX) – The United Way and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay have announced a new effort to help the Lewis Place neighborhood recover from the New Year’s Eve tornado.

During a mid-morning ceremony, Mayor Slay declared Monday, “Lewis Place Day” in the city and the United Way kicked off a campaign to raise tornado recovery funds.

Lewis Place Preservation President Pamela Talley says that the neighborhood, which had several homes heavily damaged in the storm, felt ignored up until a few days ago. She says now residents are ready to lead the recovery efforts, “We’re going to organize.  We’re going to continue to try to get the support that we can to make this dream a reality, to rebuild and recover from this tornado.”

Talley says neighborhood residents will meet with disaster recovery experts Saturday morning, from 10 am until noon, at the Centennial Christian Church, at 4950 Fountain.

Meanwhile, the United Way is leading a fund-raising effort to assist the area.  You can find out more by calling 2-1-1.

Mayor Slay says it’s fitting that the announcements came on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, because it was a group of African-American residents who moved into Lewis Place in 1944, despite a ban on blacks on that street.  Their case made it to the US Supreme Court, ending restrictive housing covenants nationwide.

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