Struggle, survival and strength: Dayton shares stories from year of terror

Dayton area resident shared stories of survival as part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions recorded at the Dayton Metro Library. Dayton's talked about the Oregon District mass shooting and the Memorial Day tornadoes.

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Personal stories collected during the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions hosted by Dayton Metro Libraries in partnership with Dayton Daily News, WHIO and Dayton.com

Dayton was hit square in the jaw over and over again in 2019, but no matter how hard the blow, the Gem City stood up together.

Community members share stories of struggle, survival and strength in this special episode of the “What Had Happened Was" podcast.

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Dayton-area residents were invited to the Dayton Metro Library a few weeks ago to tell stories related to the terrifying Memorial Day tornadoes, Oregon District mass shooting and community unifying events that included response to a KKK rally.

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Dayton area resident shared stories of survival as part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions recorded at the Dayton Metro Library. Latesa Williamson, the Dayton poet and performer known as A Slate, of The WRITElife Village is pictures. She holds a book of poems written by children following the tornadoes.

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

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They told podcast host Amelia Robinson and Dayton Daily News reporter Cornelius Frolik tales of courage, generosity and personal pain. Participants ranged from a video-game obsessed preteen who lost everything in the tornadoes to a football coach who rushed to pick his son up from the Oregon District after nine people were murdered.

Dayton area resident shared stories of survival as part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions recorded at the Dayton Metro Library. Thomas Alig is pictured. Alig's son, nieces an a nephew were in the Oregon District the night of the mass shooting that claimed nine lives.

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

This two-episode series is part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions.

Additional stories will be shared soon as part of a WHIO-TV special.

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"What Had Happened Was" is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com and recorded in the WHIO Radio studios. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio.

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