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Guide to the Sarita Daftary-Steel collection of East New York oral histories 2015.011

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Smith, Yvonne, 2014 September 8

Biographical note

Yvonne (Nelson) Smith was born in 1944 in the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem to African American parents. She would later live in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn and Queens. Smith moved with her husband to the Linden Houses in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1966, where they resided until 1975. She attended Central Commercial High School and worked for the Federal Treasury Department for thirty two years, while her husband worked for the New York Police Department. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Rochdale Village, Queens, New York.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Yvonne Smith discusses moving to the Linden Houses in 1966, the decline of the housing development and moving to Rochdale Village in Queens, sending her children to Catholic schools instead of public schools, the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, the decline of integration in the communities where she has resided, parenting, and racism in society. The interview was conducted by Sarita Daftary-Steel at Smith's home in Rochdale Village, Queens, New York.

Subject Names

  • Smith, Yvonne

Subject Organizations

  • Linden Houses (Housing complex)

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Catholic schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Parenting
  • Racism -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brownsville (New York, N.Y.) |x Social conditions
  • East New York (New York, N.Y.) |x Social conditions
  • Rochdale Village (New York, N.Y.) |x Social conditions