Official Release: Legendary East St. Louisans



Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series features 1917 Riot Survivors, Educators, Artists and More – Over 100 plus years of African American History.

 Native East St. Louisans, Reginald Petty and Tiffany (Grimmett) Lee to launch the first full-length book in 25 years which focuses on the accomplishments of East St. Louis African Americans, Saturday, August 20th at 1 p.m.

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL: August 11, 2016 – Come celebrate East St. Louis History, and those who have contributed to its legacy by joining authors Reginald Petty and Tiffany Lee for the official book release and signing of Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series on August 20th, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the East St. Louis Public Library (5300 State St., East St. Louis, IL, 62203).

Legendary East St. Louisans covers well-known East St. Louisans such as; Miles Davis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Reginald Hudlin.  Additionally, readers are introduced to lesser-known pillars of the early African American community such as Carrie K. (Johnson) Bowles, one of the first African American women to join The League of Women Voters of St. Louis, and to fight alongside famed suffragist Edna Gellhorn; and Dr. Henri Weathers who fought to allow African American doctors to practice at local hospitals.  He was also one of the first African American doctors hired by St. Louis University Medical School.

From John Robinson’s fight for African American schools in the late 1800’s to President Obama’s recent historical appointment of Staci Yandle, over 100 years of East St. Louis African American History is covered in Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series. Eugene B. Redmond, Poet Laureate of East St. Louis, Illinois and Emeritus Professor English, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville says of the work, “This book is as regal as it is revealing and compelling. Artisans, athletes, educators, entertainers, scientists, veterans of wars and the Race Riot of 1917 join political leaders and poets in this dream- and performance-storied portraiture of African American East St. Louis.” Moreover, according to Joseph A. Brown, SJ; Ph. D. Professor, Author and Priest, “[Reginald Petty’s] gifts of “taking care” and “care-taking” are magnificently on display in this collection of the great forces of nature who have helped the world realize just how powerful the people of East St. Louis have been and continue to be.”

Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series will be available for sale at the event for $15.  Attendees can receive a 1.00 off of the purchase of the book, when they donate a book in good condition to the library.  Legendary East St. Louisans is also available on


About the author: Reginald Petty is a native East St. Louisan, retired U.S. Government administrator, activist, and historiographer for the city of East Saint Louis, Il.

Tiffany (Grimmett) Lee is a native East St. Louisan, a Saint Louis Community College Communications Professor, writer, and founder of TiffanyRose Publishing.

About TiffanyRose Publishing: TiffanyRose Publishing is a boutique start-up publisher.  Publishing quality written, digital, and visual works.


Press Contact:

Contact: Tiffany Lee

Company’s Name: TiffanyRose Publishing

Book’s Name: Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series (ISBN-13: 978-1533512772)

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The mission of TiffanyRose Publishing is to amplify truly diverse voices. To this effort, we publish works that highlight marginalized voices of different ethnicities, genders, and religious and socioeconomic statuses. Our belief is that we may look different, speak different languages, live in different locations, but our struggles and our accomplishments have been mirrored throughout history. Through telling diverse stories, TiffanyRose Publishing hopes to contribute to broadening the lens through which we view ‘The American Experience.’

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