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The last children of Mill Creek / Vivian Gibson.

Gibson, Vivian, (author.). Belt Publishing, (publisher.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 1948742640
  • ISBN: 9781948742641
  • Physical Description: 158 pages : 1 illustration ; 19 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio : Belt Publishing, 2020.

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"Vivian Gibson grew up in Mill Creek Valley, a segregated working-class neighborhood of St. Louis that was razed in 1959 to build a highway, an act of racism disguised under urban renewal as 'progress." The three rooms of her childhood home were heated by a wood-burning stove; her family had no hot water or furnace, but what Gibson lacked in material comforts she made up for in imagination. A moving memoir of family life at a time very different from the present, The Last Children of Mill Creek chronicles the everyday lived experiences of Gibson's large family--her seven siblings, her crafty, college-educated mother, and her hard-working father--and the friends, shop owners, church ladies, teachers, and others who made Mill Creek into a warm, tight-knit African-American community. In Gibson's words, "This memoir is about survival, as told from the viewpoint of a watchful young girl -- a collection of decidedly universal stories that chronicle the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.""--Back cover
Subject: Gibson, Vivian.
African American women > Missouri > Saint Louis > Biography.
African American neighborhoods > Missouri > Saint Louis > History > 20th century.
African Americans > Segregation > Missouri > Saint Louis.
Urban renewal > Missouri > Saint Louis.
Race discrimination > Missouri > Saint Louis.
African Americans > Missouri > Saint Louis > Social conditions > 20th century.
African American families > Missouri > Saint Louis > Social conditions > 20th century.
Mill Creek Valley (Saint Louis, Mo.) > History.
Genre: Autobiography.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Festus Public Library B Gibson (Text) 32017000083465 New Adult Books Checked out 02/10/2023

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