Kinloch: Missouri's First Black City

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Located just outside of St. Louis, Kinloch was once a community locked off from the rest of the area by natural and man-made barriers. In spite of a lack of financial resources, it once provided its residents with a school district, city hall, post office, business district, and recreational facilities. Residents will recognize Dunbar Elementary, the oldest school for blacks in St. Louis County, Holy Angels, the oldest continuing black parish in the St. Louis Archdiocese, as well as former residents Congresswoman Maxine Waters and political activist Dick Gregory. Eventually, due to insufficient revenue, this once thriving community fell into decline, and is now struggling to keep its small town values and ideals alive.
ISBN: 9780738507774
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Missouri
Series: Black America Series
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author John A. Wright Sr., a Fulbright Scholar and former Superintendent of the Kinloch School District, has collected photographs, many never published before, from local churches, residents, and even city hall in an effort to preserve the history of Missouri's first all-black community. This book truly celebrates the people of Kinloch and will preserve for future generations a place in time.
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