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Guide to the Listen to This: Crown Heights Oral History collection 2010.020

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Mark, Linda, 2010 March 17

Biographical / Historical

Linda Mark was born in 1945 in North Carolina. She was the second-oldest of seven children. She moved to New York City in 1965, was married from 1974 to 1978, and raised a son and daughter in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant before moving to the nearby Crown Heights neighborhood in 1990. After working for the Department of Motor Vehicles, and Department of Labor, Mark was a postal worker until retiring. At the time of the interview in 2010, she was learning about becoming a nurse. Mark was a regular congregant of The Greater Bibleway Temple Apostolic Church.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Linda Mark describes the value of her church, the Greater Bibleway Temple. She reflects on her early impression of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights and recalls experiencing the Blackout of 1977. Mark touches on life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in comparison to the more favorable environment of Crown Heights. She talks about her civil service jobs, culminating with the United States Postal Service, and how priorities in her retirement have mainly concerned improving her reading, traveling internationally, and considering another career in nursing. Mark relates some basic details about the family in which she grew up, when she married and the children she raised. She makes a couple comparisons concerning life in the South and life in New York City. A brief description of how she enjoys the West Indian Day Parade is followed by her views on Jews in Crown Heights and their values and holidays. Mark cites her neighbor and her church as sources of inspiration and community in her life. Interview conducted by Quanaisha Phillips, Treverlyn Dehaarte, and Alex Kelly.

Conditions Governing Access and Use

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. Use of the oral histories other than for private study, scholarship, or research requires the permission of BHS. For assistance, contact library@brooklynhistory.org.

Subject Names

  • Mark, Linda

Subject Organizations

  • United States Postal Service
  • West Indian American Day Carnival Parade (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- Relations with Jews
  • Carnival -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Catholic Church -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Christian life -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education
  • Family life -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Judaism -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race relations -- United States
  • Segregation -- United States

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • North Carolina