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Vivian Gibson

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 7:00p.m.
Vivian Gibson, "The Last Children of Mill Creek" book cover and photo

Video premiere: February 2, 7:00 p.m. on

Vivian Gibson, "The Last Children of Mill Creek"

2021 St. Louis County Library Black History Celebration Event

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” depicts the families, friends, shop owners, church ladies, teachers, and others who made Mill Creek into a warm, tight-knit African-American community. 

Signed book available from The Novel Neighbor. 
Curbside pickup and shipping available.