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This book is a must read for people who want to learn how racism impacted the lives of black
Baltimoreans in the mid-20th century. It allows the reader to walk in the shoes of the first generation of Cherry Hill children as they enjoy growing up in this unique community. Ironically, they grew up pretty much oblivious to the racism that dictated that they live in this first planned community built by the Federal Government for African Americans. They had all the amenities of white planned communities--including new schools, a shopping center with a movie theater, a swimming pool. They never really had to leave their community until they had to go to high school. Cherry Hill's innocence ends in the early 1960's when a woman who is a Cherry Hill resident dies at the hands of a Southern Marylander. She was immortalized in Bob Dylan's song, "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll." This is a great read to gain a personalized perspective of how a community navigated the confines of segregation to raise children who grew up to lead very stable and successful lives.