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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.