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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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Elizabeth Velazquez, 2013 March 27

Biographical note

Elizabeth Velazquez was born to a Peruvian mother and a Puerto Rican father and raised in Sullivan County, New York. Velazquez received an M.A. in painting from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She worked as an artist and art teacher in the Cypress Hills neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Velazquez discusses her family; Puerto Rican and Peruvian heritage; childhood experiences as a Hispanic student on the honors track in a predominantly white school district; work as an art teacher in Brooklyn, New York; perspectives on serving as a role model for students of color. Interview conducted by Nadia Williams.

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

  • Artists -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Peruvians -- New York (State)
  • Education -- New York (State)
  • Racism in education -- New York (State)
  • Puerto Ricans -- New York (State)
  • Teachers -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Cypress Hills (New York, N.Y.)
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico