Whitley Watson, 2014 May 18
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.