Virginia Houston, 68, walks down a gravel road to the last building still standing in Pennytown, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Freed slave Joe Penny started the town in 1875. Houston works to preserve the town’s rich history.
Located eight miles outside of Marshall, Mo., is a church that is all that remains of Pennytown. Started by a freed slave in 1871, Pennytown was one of the only predominantly African American towns in mid-Missouri in the 20th century.
Loretta Moss, 62, helps stack boxes to take into the post office in Vandalia, Mo., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Moss worked for the post office as a city carrier for nearly 22 years. She was required to retire from the postal service in September due to her prognosis of stage 4-breast cancer.
Aleta (left) and Phili Miller (Right), 71, talk about how they have stayed married more than 50 years in Boone County, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. The two were sophomores in college when they first met and got married six months later.