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Oral history interview conducted by Sady Sullivan
May 05, 2008
Call number: 2008.030.43
0:43 - Southerland's connection to the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC) through wife Eva
Oral History Interview with John Southerland
John Southerland, born in 1939 in Sanford, North Carolina, moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 1964 to secure steady employment. He worked in police communication for twenty-seven years before retiring and moonlighting as a private taxi driver. Southerland met his wife, Eva, an employee of Restoration, as he regularly would drive her home in his taxi.
In this interview, John Southerland discusses his 1964 relocation from North Carolina to New York City in search of employment and his wife Eva Southerland's involvement with Restoration. Southerland observes the changes to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn; in particular, rising housing costs. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan.
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) partnered on the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral history project in 2007-2008 to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Restoration's founding as the first community development corporation (CDC) in the United States. Nearly sixty interviews were conducted with founding Board members, supporters, activists, artists, tenants, and other community members. Audio clips from these oral history interviews were included in the exhibit "Reflections on Community Development: Stories from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation" (BHS 2008, Restoration 2009).
CitationSoutherland, John, Oral history interview conducted by Sady Sullivan, May 05, 2008, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories, 2008.030.43; Brooklyn Historical Society.
- Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
- Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth in Action
- Billie Holiday Theatre
- Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
- Southerland, John
- Thomas, Franklin A.
- Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
- New York (N.Y.)
Finding AidBedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories