Beloved children's author and St. Louis native Patricia McKissack passed away this past week at the age of 72. Three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for her books A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter, Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, and Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, the latter of which also won the Newbery Medal, McKissack published over a hundred books for children, many with her husband, Fredrick McKissack. Her writing put the African-American experience center-stage, exploring diverse and varied topics, from folktales to historical figures to the supernatural. We owe much to her work, which added much needed diversity to children's literature. She will be greatly missed.
Above photo: Walnut Park patrons view a display of Patricia McKissack's work.