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Free Screening of Pruitt-Igoe Documentary at STLCC-Forest Park

October 07, 2011

The acclaimed documentary, “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History,” will be shown at a free screening on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

Pruitt-Igoe Myth documentary  
Pruitt-Igoe Myth

A feature-length documentary directed by Chad Freidrichs, “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” explores the short life of the St. Louis housing development, which opened in 1954 to meet the public housing needs of an overcrowded city. Two decades later, with its highly publicized demolition, Pruitt-Igoe became a potent national symbol of failure, a failure that has been used to critique Modernist architecture, attack public assistance programs, and stigmatize public housing residents.

“The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” attempts to reassess the development's complex history within the larger post-World War II context of segregation, poverty and urban population decline. It gives special emphasis to the stories of the residents who managed to adapt to, and survive, the downward spiral of vacancy, vandalism and crime that made Pruitt-Igoe infamous.

By examining the interests involved in Pruitt-Igoe’s creation and re-evaluating the rumors and the stigma associated with it, the film reveals a much more nuanced vision of Pruitt-Igoe that implodes the well-worn stereotypes and myths.

The free screening is sponsored by the Campus Life office, the African- American Studies program and the History department.

For more information, contact Deborah Henry at 314-644-9657 or