As Told
Brooklyn histories by senior citizens
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Oral Histories

 

Edna H. Grant

Edna H. Grant

 

Marilyn Findley

Marilyn Findlay

 

Yvonne Bodrick

Yvonne Bodrick

 

Isabella Lee

Isabella Lee

 

Darrell Robinson

Darrell Robinson

 

Francis Scott

Francis Scott

 

Seretha Winfield-Alexander

Seretha Winfield-Alexander

 

Yvonne Hall

Yvonne Hall

 

About

The vibrancy of our neighborhood’s future depends on shared awareness of and commitment to integrating its lived past. By preserving and publishing the older residents’ stories first and creating a legacy archive for these seniors, their families, Pratt Institute, and the neighborhood at large, we can foster a closer bond with all our neighbors.

This project serves senior citizens and community members from the neighborhoods Clinton Hill and Fort Greene. These neighborhoods are rapidly changing. We need to act now because the impacts of gentrification are happening faster than these acts of documentation/preservation can take place. Over their lifetimes, our neighborhood’s senior citizens have keenly observed and experienced gentrification, a force that—in addition to shifting racial and social makeup of a neighborhood—favors certain age groups. Gentrification is for the young. New stores and architecture reflect the desire to attract youth and capital. Meanwhile older denizens’ needs are often sidelined. To counteract this sidelining, we want to center their experiences: How do older residents move through a changing neighborhood? What does it mean to carry long life-experience in a relentlessly changing city? What no longer / still feels like home?



This project is funded by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support provided by a Taconic Fellowship from the Pratt Center for Community Development and a Pratt Research Seed Grant from Pratt Institute. Our community partner is the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, whose work with local seniors is supported by a grant from the Brooklyn Community Foundation's Elders Fund.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Team


Maria G. Baker

Maria G. Baker

organizer, interviewer, editor

Luke Degnan

Luke Degnan

organizer, web developer, editor

Aarushi Agni

Aarushi Agni

coordinator, interviewer, editor

Samuel Herrera

Samuel Herrera

photographer