70th out of 199 books — 61 voters
The Ville, St. Louis, Missouri (Black America Series)
A few miles from downtown St. Louis, The Ville was once locked off from much of the area. In spite of racial obstacles, this small community became nationally known as the cradle of black culture and intellect in St. Louis. Current and former residents will recognize photographs of Sumner High School and Homer G. Phillips Hospital, as well as many famous former residents....more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 10th 2001 by Arcadia Publishing SC
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This small book is one of a series highlighting different areas of St Louis. The reading is mostly in the captions under the many photos. The area originally was settled by German and Irish immigrants and became in time a close-knit community of African-American homeowners of diverse levels of education and income. They were not able to buy anywhere else due to restrictive covenants against people of color. The Ville's heyday was between 1920 and 1950; then housing opportunities finally opened u...more