ST. LOUIS (KMOV/AP) -- A second ribbon cutting ceremony at the Arch Museum took place Friday after many noticed no people of color present at the first ribbon cutting on Tuesday in St. Louis.
"We're not going to stand for it," says Missouri State Representative Bruce Franks, who says he wasn't invited even though his district includes the Arch. "It's about overlooking, overlooking communities, stepping over communities that have been forgotten about."
The Gateway Arch park Foundation posted an apology on its Facebook page acknowledging the Tuesday ceremony did not reflect the diversity of the community: "As organizers of the event, we acknowledge that our ribbon cutting did not reflect the diversity of our community."
The photos from the dedication featured more than a dozen people, including Republican Gov. Mike Parson and U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, and Roy Blunt, a Republican.
Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith did emcee the ceremony but was not part of the ribbon cutting group. Also, Congressman Lacy Clay, Jr. was invited but couldn't attend because of a family commitment, according to his spokesman.
The Foundation is now working with Franks on the Friday ribbon cutting which Franks says will include representatives from the city's Black, Hispanic and Bosnian communities.
Just over 200 people had RSVP'd for Franks' event on Facebook as of Thursday afternoon.
"We want to show what St. Louis really looks like tomorrow," he said.
The park was dedicated Tuesday, the culmination of a five-year, $380 million renovation that Missouri political leaders see as a template for the future of the national park system. It was the first major renovation since the Arch opened in 1965, and about two-thirds of the funding came from private donations.
The 630-foot-tall (192-meter-tall) Arch is a monument to westward expansion that sits along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis.
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