North Webster

North Webster : A Photographic History of a Black Community

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o ...a gloriously positive story which disproves past, present, and future notions that AmericaOs black population cannot effectively embrace love, family commitment, religious fervor, industriousness, career advancement, and academic achievement.O NJulius K. Hunter, KMOV-TV Channel 4 News, St. Louis North Webster is a black middle-class suburb west of St. Louis which began at the end of the Civil War. Its residents have suffered the discrimination of a southern, border state, and yet they accomplished great things. The North Webster community emphasized education as the path to achievement from the beginning. Its elementary school and, from 1925, high school were the finest schools for blacks in Missouri. With its outstanding school, seven churches, and many black-owned businesses, North Webster taught its children to aspire and excel. This book is a history together with 141 black-and-white period photographs of that community and the people who gave it its character.show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 203.7 x 255.5 x 19.1mm | 871.48g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 142 b&w photographs
  • 0253286018
  • 9780253286017

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North Webster is a black middle-class suburb west of St. Louis which began at the end of the Civil War. Its residents have suffered the discrimination of a southern, border state, and yet they accomplished great things. The North Webster community emphasized education as the path to achievement from the beginning.show more

About Ann Morris

ANN MORRIS is Associate Director of the Western Historical Manuscript Collection at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. HENRIETTA AMBROSE grew up in North Webster, served as President of the Webster Groves Historical Society, and is the first black person elected to the Webster Groves City Council. JOHN NAGEL teaches photography at St. Louis Community College at Meramec.show more

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