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Guide to the Brooklyn Navy Yard oral history collection ARC.003

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Collection processed by Amy Lau, Mary Mann, Aliki Caloyeras, and Margaret Fraser

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Oral History Interview with Lucille Ford, December 11, 2007

Biographical / Historical

Lucille Butler Ford (1922- ) is an African American woman who grew up in Harlem and the Bronx. Soon after graduating from Wadleigh High School, Lucille Ford looked for work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard with a friend who was also from the Bronx. Two of Ford's brothers served during WWII. After leaving the Navy Yard in 1945, Ford began working for New York Telephone (now Verizon) and now lives in Long Island, New York.

Scope and Contents

Lucille Butler Ford (1922- ) began working as a messenger at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and was soon trained as a clerk typist in Building 77. The interview focuses on social life at the Navy Yard and the close friendships that Ford formed during the three years she worked there. She also discusses the ethnic backgrounds and interaction between the female workers in Building 77, sharing a story about a Jewish friend wanting to visit Harlem and how her mother made greens when she visited. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan and Jennifer Egan.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments, Inc.
  • Wadleigh High School (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Dating (Social customs)
  • Family life -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Food
  • Local transit -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Navy-yards and naval stations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Security systems
  • Transportation -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Wages -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • African American women

Subject Places

  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)