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. Over the years this once thriving community fell into decline, and is now struggling to recapture some of its former glory.
About the Author:
Author John A. Wright Sr., a Fulbright scholar and former Ville resident, has collected photographs from local churches, residents, archives, and libraries in an effort to preserve the history of St. Louis' once premier African-American community.
Published by Arcadia Publishing, 2001. Paperback. 128 pages