New Columbia subdivision with ties to city's desegregated past receives generous gift

CORRECTION:  The photo shows Mr. Earl Miles seated next to a neighbor, not his wife, Clara, as originally reported.  

The Miles family, from a portrait published in the Columbia Missourian in 2008.  Earl Miles and his wife, Clara, are seated.

A project, bringing affordable and energy efficient homes to Columbia’s north side, receives a sizable gift from the city’s Housing Programs Division.

The division announced Tuesday that it’s given $20,000 to the Cullimore Cottages housing project.  The site, which is currently under construction, will include 10 new homes. 

The city’s gift was given in honor of Clara Miles, a prominent African American leader who helped establish the Miles Manor subdivision in 1962.  The subdivision included 10 local African American families. 

The Cullimore Cottages project is named after Dan Cullimore, a longtime supporter of more equitable, affordable, and safer housing in Columbia.