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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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Alicia Piller, 2012 February 8; 2012 April 12

Biographical note

Alicia Piller was born to an African American mother and a white American Jewish father and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Piller attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and worked as an artist and jewelry designer in Brooklyn, New York.

Scope and Contents

In the interviews, Piller discusses her childhood in Chicago; racial and religious identities; romantic relationships and sexuality; parents’ courtship and marriage; family’s spiritual beliefs and religious traditions; visits to Tanzania with her father; and impressions of living in Brooklyn, New York. Interviews conducted by Sady Sullivan.

Related Archival Materials note

Oral history with Alicia Piller's partner, Justice Whitaker, 2011.019.028.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • African American Jews -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Artists -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Homophobia
  • Interfaith families
  • Jews, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Queer identity
  • Race identity
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • Religious identity

Subject Places

  • Chicago (Ill.)
  • Kilimanjaro, Mount (Tanzania)