The next time you ride the Emerspn Train at the St. Louis Zoo you might notice a new bright green train this year.

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No matter how old you are I am sure that you have ridden the train at the St. Louis Zoo at least once. Let's face it, walking about all day you need a little break. Well, there is a new train that you will spot this year and it's hard to miss. The bright green train called the Mary Meachum is the first train at the zoo to be named after a female who is known to have helped many slaves escape using the Underground Railroad.

All the trains are named after historical people from St. Louis. Such as Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, Ulysses S. Grant, Emerson, and others, but this new train is the first to be named after a woman.

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Meachum and her husband, Reverend John Berry Meachum, owned a home on Fourth Street in St. Louis that acted as a safe house on the Underground Railroad. The couple helped enslaved people escape from Missouri and other slave states into Illinois, where slavery was outlawed.

Both Mary and her husband also created the First African Baptist Church and ran a school to educate black people from children to adults. It's a big year for the Zooline Railroad, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the train at the St. Louis Zoo.

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