Happy Birthday, Joplin! - KOAM TV 7

Happy Birthday, Joplin!

Happy Birthday, Joplin!

The city is celebrating its 141st birthday.  Some of the city's younger residents helped with some festivities at city hall.  Students from West Central Elementary read essays they've written about Joplin's history.  

The executive director of Joplin's Museum Complex says it was important to let the youth take ownership of today's program.

"They are our future, they're going to see a lot of other birthday celebrations as they get older, and we want them to participate in this history.  I hope they can take away that they were a part of this celebration and they are very much a part of our community," says Brad Belk with Joplin's Museum Complex.

"My favorite part is that no one is mean to anybody," says Shannon Barnstead, a student at West Central Elementary.  "I like that there's lots of places to play!"

"I love it so much that I would really want to stay here for the rest of my life," says Josiah Stwart, a student at West Central Elementary.  "Even though I moved a couple of times, I was born here.  I really love their parks!"

Joplin was incorporated by the state of Missouri as a city in 1873.

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