Mr.. Emerson and Mrs. Verna Bickley

October 10, 1981 the first African-American family in Euclid were interviewed. Mr.. and Mrs. Bickley owned a home on Tracy when there were very few homes built. They chose this area because they wanted to live near the water. Mrs. Bickley attended Western Reserve while living here. She’d leave her home and walk to St. Clair to catch a bus to go to school and work. Mr.. Bickley was a postal carrier in Cleveland. Their experience as the first African-American residents were shared along with the conversations with Mayors Eli and Sims. They “wouldn’t trade Tracy Avenue and all their friends and neighbors with any place else.”

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