As a young girl, Gladys Rife, 90, remembers secretly swimming off the banks of Cheshire, across the Ohio River to the other side just to pluck a watermelon off of its vine and swim back with her friends to gorge on the bounty of summer.
Taylor Ray Amos never seriously considered making his living off of anything but tobacco. Growing up in the southeastern fields of Franklin County, Virginia, it was all around him, a craft and a lifestyle passed down through both sides of his family tree.
It has been called The Motor City, The D and Motown. Detroit has a long history of pride and struggle that is palpable from the moment you arrive. A drive through the city is a visual reminder of its past. The Renaissance Center, a substantial piece of the Detroit skyline, was a symbol for progress and growth in the 70s, a dream that Henry Ford II believed would help continue Detroit’s ticket to prosperity.