T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History
Leaving Mossville
Theresa Lee by Chelsea Arseneault, 2017.
THERESA LEE: I know as I mentioned to you earlier how I expressed my feelings on how . . . on what the move itself did to me and affected me. And I wrote an open letter and I posted it on Facebook and I just have it entitled, Dear Mossville. “For me this move has been very hard. I married Rich in 1969. We moved to Mossville on October 31st, 1970, Halloween. We built our home in 1973.So from 1973 to 2016, Prater Road was home. Rich, a Mossville native, passed on in 2010. So leaving Mossville has been like leaving him all over again. The move began in disbelief, then to tears, and then to a feeling of being pressured as I observed the dismantling of my community. My neighbors began to move; first, those to the right; then, those across the street; and last, those to the left. We are one of the last families to leave. Prater Road and Mossville will always be a part of who we are. My prayers for Mossville. My prayers for peace, joy, and security go out for all my friends who remain. May God continue to bless and keep you, Dear Mossville.”
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