EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

East St. Louis Oral History Project:
Neighborhood Activism and Community Change

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Interview with Ella Rush at the EPDC YouthBuild Center


Interviewers pictured from left to right: Brady Williams, Brian Gift, Nicki Farina,
Interviewee Ella Rush, Nick Hayward, Peter Frank, Serita Gibson

Summary of the interview

DATE:  October 27, 2001
PLACE:  Emerson Park Youthbuild Center East St. Louis, Illinois
NARRATOR:  ELLA RUSH
INTERVIEWERS:   NICOLE FARINA, PETER FRANK, SERITA GIBSON, BRIAN GIFT, NICK HAYWARD, BRADY WILLIAMS
Biography of Ella Rush
PERSONAL DATA:
Birth date:  1943
Occupation:  family support case worker

In addition to being a lifelong resident of East St. Louis, Ella Rush has lived in the same Emerson Park neighborhood for thirty-two years.  She has an associate’s degree from a local community college and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  She is currently employed by a neighborhood house in East St. Louis where she works with families who have energy and utility problems in their homes.  With the passing of her mother in August, Ms. Rush’s family consists of a sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews.  Although she has been involved with the Emerson Park Neighborhood Organization in the past, her formal involvement began this year when she was named a board member of the organization.  Her new role as a board member makes her a perfect narrator for this interview.

General topic of interview:  The history of East St. Louis focusing on the city’s prior prosperity, its economic decline, and its recent resurgence.  The demographic and social history of East St. Louis.  The work and goals of Emerson Park Neighborhood.  The narrator’s involvement in the Emerson Park Neighborhood Organization.
 

Emerson Park Pictures and Quotes



Serita, Peter, and Nick in the back of the van.

 "We can make it in one trip." (Dr. S. Harwood)


New development in Emerson Park.

"When you see things that are going on in your neighborhood, that is constructive, and you see progress, and everyone wants to be a part of it." (E. Rush)



New development in Emerson Park.

"We've come a long way, and this did not happen over a year or two." (E. Rush)


A unit in the new Parson's Place development in Emerson Park.

"We have 174 units, which is a lot of units, and they are really nice" (E. Rush)
 
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Document author(s) : Brady Williams, Brian Gift, Nicki Farina, Nick Hayward, Peter Frank, Serita Gibson
Last modified: 12/10/01
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