The last children of Mill Creek / Vivian Gibson.
- ISBN: 1948742640
- ISBN: 9781948742641
- Physical Description: 158 pages : 1 illustration ; 19 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio : Belt Publishing, 2020.
"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
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