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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Southerland, John, 2008 May 5

Biographical / Historical

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.

Scope and Contents

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.

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Subject Names

  • Kennedy, Robert F.
  • Southerland, John
  • Thomas, Franklin A.

Subject Organizations

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth in Action
  • Billie Holiday Theatre

Subject Topics

  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)