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

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Fawundu-Buford, Delphine, 2010 May 4

Biographical / Historical

Delphine Fawundu was born on Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway in 1971, and was primarily raised on Carroll Street and at Tivoli Towers, both in the Crown Heights neighborhood. She participated in a building-sponsored track team as a child and attended P.S. 241 and I.S. 320 in Brooklyn. She has a master's degree in Media Ecology from New York University, a master's degree from Mercy College and a bachelor's degree from the state school at Stony Brook. Fawundu grew up with two siblings in her mother's home. She has three sons with Howard Buford. Fawundu is a photographer, with professional experience dating back to the early 1990s, and an educator. In 2010, she produced a documentary short, "Tivoli: A Place We Call Home," and exhibited related photographs at Brooklyn Historical Society. Her work is also in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among many others. She has received a number of fellowships, grants and residencies, and creates in locations all over the world.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Delphine Fawundu talks about her family's moves within Brooklyn and becoming part of the community of Tivoli Towers in the neighborhood of Crown Heights, noting that she lives there as an adult and raises her family there. She speaks at length about gentrification and its subtle and overt effects on Tivoli Towers and about the documentary she created concerning that subject. She observes the changes that have occurred in Crown Heights over decades and discusses her sense of personal safety in the neighborhood. She reminisces about West Indian Carnival in her childhood and favorite personal and community traditions. Fawundu recalls her enjoyment of elementary school and playing with other children at the towers. She describes married life and the moment she knew she was a photographer. Interview conducted by Ansie Montilus, Monica Parfait and Alex Kelly.

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Subject Names

  • Fawundu, Delphine

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Tivoli Towers (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • West Indian American Day Carnival Parade (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • African American neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Carnival -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Children -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Family life -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Games -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Intergenerational relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Photographers -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Economic conditions
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social conditions
  • Carroll Street (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)