Voices of Milwaukee Bronzeville

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Some people don’t have to imagine what Milwaukee’s Bronzeville was like. They have only to remember. They recall Walnut Street alive with businesses serving a hardworking Black population making something out of the meager resources available to them. They describe religious establishments such as St. Mark’s Methodist Episcopal, St. Benedict the Moor, Calvary Baptist and St. Matthew CME attending to the spiritual life and remember the Flame, the Metropole and Satin Doll nightclubs taking care of entertainment and secular needs. Above all, they recollect a people looking out for the well-being of all within its realm. Gathering interviews with residents of the now-vanished neighborhood, Dr. Sandra E. Jones reimagines Bronzeville not just as a place, but as a spirit engendered by a people determined to make a way out of no way.
ISBN: 9781467148887
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Wisconsin
Series: American Heritage
Images: 68
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dr. Sandra E. Jones has lived her entire life in Milwaukee. She was born at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Jones’s family lived on every block of West Wright Street from 10th to 17th Street, and she attended Lloyd Street Elementary School. While she missed the experience of Bronzeville proper, Jones remembers Saturday afternoon movies at the Roosevelt Theater and ice cream at the Tastee Twist on 12th Street and Teutonia Avenue. Earning her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 2004, she served as an assistant professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and as assistant director of the UWM Cultures and Communities curriculum development program for six years. She retired in 2015.
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