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

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Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Ericka Basile, 2014 June 4

Biographical note

Ericka Basile was born to Haitian parents and raised in Johnson City, Tennessee. She received a B.F.A. in painting from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and an M.A. in visual culture: costume studies from New York University in New York City. Basile lived in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn and worked as a writer, artist and independent fashion scholar.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Basile discusses her family's African, French, and Taíno ancestry; educational experiences and learning French and Creole; exposure to the West Indian community in New York City; parents' emigration from Haiti; and mother's childhood in Brooklyn and Queens, New York. Interview conducted by Jennifer Scott.

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

  • Race identity
  • Haitian Americans -- Tennessee -- Johnson City
  • Racially mixed people
  • West Indian Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Racially mixed families
  • Education -- Tennessee -- Johnson City
  • Creole dialects, French

Subject Places

  • Springfield Gardens (New York, N.Y.)
  • Johnson City (Tenn.)
  • United States |x Emigration and immigration
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Haiti