By Christian Robinson, Patricia Hruby Powell
In exuberant verse and stirring photos, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create a unprecedented portrait for teenagers of the passionate performer and civil rights recommend Josephine Baker, the lady who labored her manner from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest levels on the earth. Meticulously researched via either writer and artist, Josephine's strong tale of fight and triumph is an proposal and a spectacle, like the legend herself.
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I remember the tahona, the enormous mill or wheel to grind coffee, a stone weighing several tons. It must have taken God and his Apostles to climb the hills of Río Negro with the wheel on muleback. The Hacienda was a mythical place for Mother. She had spent long periods of time there as a little girl. But the house lost its charm when don Andrés Grillasca, Ponce’s mayor, bought it. They say that Luis Muñoz Marín joined his drinking buddies there for a good time. Don Ton Ton also owned Hacienda Albina in the valley of Lajas.
They all looked alike. They had the same long neck, Greek nose, and a strange way of walking as if gliding on water. The people of Mayagüez called my grandfather the Zeus of Guanajibo Abajo, father of the eight Ledas from Olympus. But the swans had their grotesque counterparts in the half dozen gaggling geese that grazed around the house. The ferocious geese attacked any unsuspecting stranger that inadvertently entered the garden, running after him, their orange maws wide open. Rosario Ferré 47 A wall more than twelve feet high surrounded the four acres of land and separated the house from the terrible reality of Puerto Rico at the time.
He was 24 years old and a native of Corsica from the rural Sisco peninsula. He married Monserrate Martínez, daughter of a landowner from the town of Peñuelas. I discovered Estéfano’s story after a visit with the architect Enrique Vivoni, who was director of the School of Architecture at UPR. Enrique was in Corsica and did research on the houses of Puerto Rican Corsicans there. During his stay on Corsica he discovered some letters containing Estéfano’s tragic story. I have a copy of those documents as well as his order of imprisonment.