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ties that bind

Emily Aiken / KBIA

Outside of Marshall, Missouri there’s a strip of gravel called Kittyhawk Avenue. The unpaved road leads to family farms, pastures and a town formed by a freed slave named Joe Penny in 1871. This town no longer exists, except in the heart and memory of Virginia Huston, the last person to be born in Pennytown.

“Pennytown is my birthplace and even though I was the last person born there and I used to get kidded by my brothers and sisters about being born in the shanty and not a hospital, but this is my birthplace,” Huston said. “This is my home. And it will always be that.”

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