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

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Whitley Watson, 2014 May 18

Biographical note

Whitley Watson was born to a white American mother and an African American father in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia. Watson received a B.F.A. in scientific illustration from the University of Georgia at Athens. She lived in New York City and worked as an artist and an administrative assistant.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Watson discusses her racial identity; encounters with racism; move to New York City; parents’ courtship, marriage and divorce; mother's career in the hotel industry; stepfather’s Greek heritage; and art career. Interview conducted by Jonathan Tarleton.

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: cbbg.brooklynhistory.org. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Artists -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- Georgia
  • Race identity
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people

Subject Places

  • Bushwick (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flushing (New York, N.Y.)
  • Georgia