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Barrietta Killiebrew

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Agent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Ain't God Good?

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1960
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Agent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Ain't God Good?

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1960
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Real estate agent and Contract Specialist, Barrietta Killiebrew was born on September 23, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois. Born to Carol Austin and James Boyd, the oldest of eight children, Killiebrew was raised in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri. Killiebrew attended Blewitt Elementary and Ferguson Junior High School in St. Louis. In 1979, she graduated from McClure High School in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. Killiebrew graduated with her A.B. degree from Florissant Valley College in 1982. She went on to earn her B.A. degree in telecommunications from Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri. She interned in public affairs at the local Fox television affiliate, then in 1986, Killiebrew was hired by the United States Department of Defense. She currently holds a position as a Contract Specialist with The St. Louis District, Corps of Engineers.

In 1998, Killiebrew began her career in real estate by working for Caldwell Banker Gundaker. That same year, she focused on purchasing a Ferguson landmark, the Wildwood Plantation. The Wildwood Plantation was built by Africans enslaved by Major Joseph LaMotte more than 150 years ago. Ironically, LaMotte served as Lt. Commander of the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts at Fort Clark, Texas during the Mexican War. He had Wildwood built in 1856, which looks similar to his father’s North Berm House in North Carolina – also built before slavery ended. After the Emancipation Proclamation, the house passed through some six different owners and stood vacant for almost sixty years during the time span of 150 years. Surviving a considerable legal struggle with local housing inspectors, Killiebrew became the first African American owner of the Wildwood Plantation.

Constantly engaged in the restoration of the plantation, Killiebrew was able to get Wildwood officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. Knowledgeable of the stories and mythology surrounding the property, she conducts historical tours by appointment.

Killiebrew and her mother have made Wildwood their home. She has two sons living in Japan: Antoine, who previously served in the U.S. Navy and is currently living in Japan with his wife, Eiko and Danny, who is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force and is stationed in Japan.

Killiebrew was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 18, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Barrietta Killiebrew's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Barrietta Killiebrew lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Barrietta Killiebrew talks about her mother's upbringing in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her father and how she takes after him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Barrietta Killiebrew recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Barrietta Killiebrew remembers moving frequently as a child around St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Barrietta Killiebrew recalls the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Barrietta Killiebrew talks about the roles of music and church in her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Barrietta Killiebrew recalls a memorable lesson at Blewitt Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Barrietta Killiebrew recalls her experiences at Blewitt Elementary School in St. Louis and McClure High School in Ferguson, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her experience of integrated education at Ferguson Junior High School in Ferguson, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Barrietta Killiebrew talks about her years at McClure High School and St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley in Ferguson, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Barrietta Killiebrew talks about attending Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri, and her marriage at age eighteen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Barrietta Killiebrew recalls her television production internship at KTVI-TV Channel 2 in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Barrietta Killiebrew talks about working in data processing for the IRS and substitute teaching in Normandy, Missouri public schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes working as a contract specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes working in real estate and discovering Wildwood Plantation in Ferguson, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Barrietta Killiebrew explains the history of the LaMotte family and of Wildwood Plantation in Ferguson, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Barrietta Killiebrew explains the history of the LaMotte family and of Wildwood Plantation in Ferguson, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Barrietta Killiebrew explains the history of the LaMotte family and of Wildwood Plantation in Ferguson, Missouri, pt. 3
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Barrietta Killiebrew talks about the history of the Wildwood Plantation house in Ferguson, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her struggle to acquire the Wildwood Plantation house in Ferguson, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her struggle to acquire the Wildwood Plantation house in Ferguson, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her house, Wildwood Plantation in Ferguson, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her court battle over the restoration of Wildwood Plantation in Ferguson, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her court battle over the restoration of Wildwood Plantation in Ferguson, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her court battle over the restoration of Wildwood Plantation in Ferguson, Missouri, pt. 3
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Barrietta Killiebrew talks about managing a building on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes the furnishings at Wildwood Plantation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes living at the historic Wildwood Plantation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Barrietta Killiebrew talks about visitors and proposals for archeological digs at Wildwood Plantation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Barrietta Killiebrew talks about her plans for Wildwood Plantation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Barrietta Killiebrew reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Barrietta Killiebrew talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Barrietta Killiebrew talks about her search for the descendants of enslaved peoples at Wildwood Plantation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Barrietta Killiebrew describes how she would like to be remembered