StoryCorps Detroit “The city is like one big house”

One day while renovating her recently purchased home, 55-year-old Tate Osten heard a knock on the door. When she answered it, she found a woman she’d never met: 90-something-year-old Myldret “Bernice” Leatherwood.

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Tate Osten and Myldret “Bernice” Leatherwood

The average person wouldn’t have had that much nerve. What caused me to do that?” asks Leatherwood, about three years later. “It was something that caused me to stop and meet you, Tate.”

This house has soul,” says Osten.

In this StoryCorps interview, they explain how their mutual love of architecture and a dramatic gift began what they describe as an unlikely friendship. They also tell of their dreams for the city they both call home.

Click on the audio player at the top of this page to hear this segment.

You can download the StoryCorps Detroit podcast here or wherever you like to listen. You can also explore more StoryCorps Detroit stories online here.

The StoryCorps Detroit music is by Sam Beaubien.

Image credit: StoryCorps

This post is a part of StoryCorps Detroit.

Giving people of all backgrounds the opportunity to record meaningful conversations, StoryCorps seeks to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.​ The StoryCorps Mobile Tour stops in Detroit from June 29 to July 30 to collect the stories of our region.


 

 

About the Author

Laura Herberg

Community Reporter

Covers stories about the people inhabiting the metro Detroit region, the issues that affect them, as well as classic public radio “fluff.”

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