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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Caroline Fermin, 2013 March 1

Biographical note

Caroline Fermin was born to a white American mother and a Dominican father in Houston, Texas and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Fermin studied dance at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and received a B.F.A. in dance from the Juilliard School in New York City. She lived in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn and worked as a professional dancer and dance teacher.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Fermin discusses her racial identity; dance education and practice; spiritual and religious beliefs; family's mixed heritage; father's experiences with racial profiling and prejudice in New Orleans; and racial dynamics within her extended family. Interview conducted by Liza Zapol.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations website: The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Catholicism
  • Dancers -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Dominican Americans
  • Education -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
  • Interracial marriage
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • Spirituality

Subject Places

  • Fort Greene (New York, N.Y.)
  • New Orleans (La.)