by Ann Morris and Henriet Ambrose
This is a short history of a black suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. The narrative covers the years 1804 to 1983, but the 141 photos date from 1839 to the early 1970s. All major institutions and businesses in the community are mentioned in chronological order of their establishment and again when any major change in them took place. The prominent people who owned the businesses or who founded the churches, the fire department, and the school are all mentioned. More detail on the people would have been welcome, as readers are sometimes left wondering what became of some of them. But the photographs are well arranged, giving the sense of looking through a large family album or a high school yearbook. All Missouri libraries, academic libraries with black studies collections, and large public libraries with black studies or genealogy collections will want this book.
Paperback: 208 pages