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Old 11-11-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis City
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Default Does Anyone know What Happened to Pharoah and Lafayette Rivers?

They were the subject of the book:There are No Children Here. This is a must read. It's about two small boys growing up in the projects in Chicago. The book was written in the 1980's, I was wondering if they made it out okay.
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Old 11-11-2010, 04:35 PM
 
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Their real last name is Walton. They were relocated out of the Henry Horner housing projects into the suburbs through section 8 vouchers. All three of them ended up in prison. Even Pharoah who graduated high school in the mid 1990s ended up in prison.
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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The brothers, now 36 and 33, have dealt with their share of adversity. They have both served time in prison and continue to struggle with poverty.

Pharoah Walton, depicted as the inquisitive younger brother, was paroled last year on a drug-related conviction, Department of Corrections records show. Over the years, though, he's joined Kotlowitz for speaking engagements and in 1993 was in the author's wedding.

Lafeyette Walton lives on the South Side and works inside a laundry. He was paroled this year after being convicted on separate drug, drunken-driving and handgun charges.

Depicted as the reserved older brother, Lafayette Walton said that he was conflicted about the success of the book during the 1990s.

While he got to travel the country and earned a bit of a celebrity status, the family was still poor. His mother had a nervous breakdown, forcing him to take on the role of caretaker for his younger siblings.

But Lafeyette Walton credits the experiences with Kotlowitz with giving him a broader view of the world, better able to cope with the stresses of the streets.

"The type of life, where I came from, it's almost like being in Vietnam," he said while sitting in a busy South Shore neighborhood diner Saturday. "You need to surround yourself with people who are more positive so you don't drive yourself crazy. The stuff I've seen could drive the average person crazy."

Lafeyette Walton said that his experiences with Kotlowitz helped him enjoy being a kid, even if for a short time.

"He gave me a different feeling in life," he said. "I was always the child who had seen too much."

-- from [url=http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-08-14/news/ct-met-interrupters-0814-20110814_1_public-housing-chicago-housing-authority-town-houses]Oak Park author reflects on the two decades since publication of There Are No Children Here - Chicago Tribune[/url]
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:20 PM
 
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Pharoah Walton pleaded guilty to a drug charge (delivering heroin) in May 2012. He is now in a federal prison in Ohio. A man named Raydale Mitchell, identified as Pharoah's brother in the article linked below, is also serving time in a federal prison. Pharoah was delivering the heroin for Raydale. From what I've been able to discern, Pharoah's mother LaJoe married a man named Mitchell; so I'm presuming that Raydale is Pharoah's step-brother.

One of subjects of There Are No Children Here plans to straighten out life after drug conviction, author says - baltimoresun.com
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