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

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Edmund, Evelyn, 2010 April 28

Biographical / Historical

Evelyn Edmund was born in New York City in 1934, the child of Guyanese immigrants. Growing up in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, she excelled in school and was active in a number of academic and youth organizations. Edmund and her husband moved as newlyweds from East New York - which was quickly deteriorating due to crime - to the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn in June of 1961. Together, they raised three children and remained active in both their children's education, as well as neighborhood affairs. A health care administrator, she was employed for a time at Long Island College Hospital and subsequently worked as office manager in a private psychiatric practice.

Scope and Contents

Evelyn Edmund describes her experiences as both a bright, ambitious child and civic-minded adult. She recounts happy memories growing up in an upwardly mobile East New York, Brooklyn and the encroaching urban blight which prompted her and her husband to settle in the Crown Heights section in 1961. Edmund speaks about the ebb and flow of crime and poverty - as well as money and gentrification - over decades punctuated by significant historic events including wars, assassinations and riots. She also weighs the pros and cons of recent trends in parenting and adult-child relations against those of her own youth. The process of change in local politics - particularly regarding neighborhood schools - are also discussed at length. Interview conducted by Floyya Richardson 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

Subject Names

  • Edmund, Evelyn

Subject Topics

  • African American neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Children -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Crime -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Family life -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Jewish neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Multiculturalism
  • Parents -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Riots -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs
  • Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • East New York (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) |x Politics and government