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Oral history interview conducted by Robert Rosenberg
June 01, 1992
Call number: 1993.001.08
Oral History Interview with Adolph Morciglio
Adolph Morciglio was a person with AIDS (PWA) and a former intravenous drug user (IVDU). Part Puerto Rican, he grew up on Columbia Street in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood and used to live in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood at the St. George Hotel in a special program for homeless PWAs. Prior to the interview, he'd had no major opportunistic infections though he had a dangerously low Tcell count. He was formerly working as a paralegal and had served time in prison.
Adolph Morciglio speaks about his long relationship with drugs; both as a person who used drugs for thirty years and as someone who no longer uses drugs, as well the role that drugs played in his time at Rikers Island. He speaks about his early childhood and the impact he feels it had on his life chances, his early awareness of HIV, the impact HIV has had on his life and his family, as well as the Red Hook community he is from. Towards the end of the interview, he speaks about the need for greater action by the government and churches. Interview conducted by Robert Rosenberg.
The AIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project collection includes oral histories conducted for an exhibition undertaken by the Brooklyn Historical Society in 1993. The project attempted to document the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Brooklyn communities. Recordings initially made on magnetic tape concerned the epidemic and were with narrators who had firsthand experience with the crisis in their communities, families and personal life. Narrators came from diverse backgrounds within Brookyn and the New York metropolitan area and had unique experiences which connected them with HIV/AIDS. Substantive topics of hemophilia, sexual behavior, substance abuse, medical practice, social work, homelessness, activism, childhood, relationships and parenting run through at least one, and often several, of the oral histories in the collection.
CitationMorciglio, Adolph, Oral history interview conducted by Robert Rosenberg, June 01, 1992, AIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project collection, 1993.001.08; Brooklyn Historical Society.
- BrooklynCumberland Medical Center
- Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc.
- Hotel St. George (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
- Morciglio, Adolph
- New York (N.Y.). Department of Social Services
- AIDS (Disease)
- AZT (Drug)
- Drug addiction
- Emigration & immigration
- Methadone maintenance
- Politics and culture
- Social justice
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
- New York (N.Y.)
- Red Hook (New York, N.Y.)
Finding AidAIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project collection