Clementine’s. When it closed
in 2014, Clementine’s was St.
Louis’s oldest gay bar. The bar
was a mainstay for gay men and
known for its annual Mardi Gras
events, including the famous
high-heel drag race. Entombed
in the walls of the bar for many
years were the ashes of legendary
St. Louis drag queen Midnight
Annie. Located in St. Louis’s
Soulard neighborhood, the bar
symbolized the LGBT community’s
influence on the area’s
rehabilitation of the surrounding
neighborhood in the 1970s.
(At right, courtesy of Steve L.
Brawley; below, Linda Ledbetter.)