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Kirkwood Roots is a multimedia installation exploring the historic African American community in Kirkwood, Missouri. From the first settlement before the Civil War to the period of intensive suburban development following World War II, African Americans lived in a cohesive community composed of 11 separate and identifiable neighborhoods in an area that is part of today’s Kirkwood. Drawing upon memories, community research, groupings of evocative objects, and interviews, Kirkwood Roots synthesizes the colors, textures, forms, and sounds significant in these people’s lives. The centerpiece of the 1,000-square-foot gallery is extensive audio and video components--including powerful oral history interviews of growing up in Kirkwood. Kirkwood Roots is free.