Stories

"When I was coming up there was a lot of centers and churches that would sponsor basketball, baseball, and swim teams. You know, there was things for us to do. That's what I would like to see. When I came up, at 10 years old, we started playing football at the Ormsby Boys & Girls Club. I started playing baseball at Greater Salem. That was a church league. You see, they had churches that sponsored the baseball teams and the basketball teams. We don't have that no more. Everything we got now, like the basketball teams, cost a lot of money. Parents ain't got that kind of money! We didn't pay anything to play. They funded everything! I'd like to see that come back. The Boys & Girls Clubs did a lot of things for the community. You know, they always had a lot of things going on. Some churches got basketball teams, but I don't think they have them in the West End, today. I think that's long gone. There was a gym at the church on 38th and Broadway. Yeah, they had a gym and we used to play there every Saturday. They had free lunches with their program. There was another gym at a community center but they didn't let us play there, so we played at the church.   When we came down here, my dad got money from being in the army, in World War II. They gave black soldiers money for serving in World War II. He took that money and came down here and bought our home. That's how we ended up down here. We been down here since. The West End is a good place stay.  We can go anywhere in 20 minutes. We're off the expressway. There's just some bad in the neighborhoods, but the West End is a good place to stay. I don't care what anyone says, the West End is a great place. I tell you what, if you get rid of your property, people, from out there, will come back down here and get it. I wouldn't trade it for nothing." - Terry, Shawnee

"When I was coming up there was a lot of centers and churches that would sponsor basketball, baseball, and swim teams. You know, there was things for us to do. That's what I would like to see. When I came up, at 10 years old, we started playing football at the Ormsby Boys & Girls Club. I started playing baseball at Greater Salem. That was a church league. You see, they had churches that sponsored the baseball teams and the basketball teams. We don't have that no more. Everything we got now, like the basketball teams, cost a lot of money. Parents ain't got that kind of money! We didn't pay anything to play. They funded everything! I'd like to see that come back. The Boys & Girls Clubs did a lot of things for the community. You know, they always had a lot of things going on. Some churches got basketball teams, but I don't think they have them in the West End, today. I think that's long gone. There was a gym at the church on 38th and Broadway. Yeah, they had a gym and we used to play there every Saturday. They had free lunches with their program. There was another gym at a community center but they didn't let us play there, so we played at the church. 

When we came down here, my dad got money from being in the army, in World War II. They gave black soldiers money for serving in World War II. He took that money and came down here and bought our home. That's how we ended up down here. We been down here since. The West End is a good place stay.  We can go anywhere in 20 minutes. We're off the expressway. There's just some bad in the neighborhoods, but the West End is a good place to stay. I don't care what anyone says, the West End is a great place. I tell you what, if you get rid of your property, people, from out there, will come back down here and get it. I wouldn't trade it for nothing." - Terry, Shawnee