Four students: Floyya Richardson, Quanaisha Phillips, Ansie Montilus, Monica Parfait and Treverlyn Dehaarte from Paul Robeson High School worked with Alex Kelly, a new resident in Crown Heights, to learn more about the history of our changing community.
They recorded over 60 conversations with people who have lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn for over 15 years. The interviews were presented to the community for a listening event in Spring 2010 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Crow Hill Community Association. Inspiring and beautiful B&W portraits of the participants by local photographer Cheney Orr were also part of the documentation.
By recording Crown Heights residents as they tell their stories, they preserved the history of our neighborhood through the voices of the people who have lived it.
Learn more on the project blog, Listen To This: Crown Heights Oral History Project, or read more about it on Brooklyn Historical Society Blog, Nostrand Park, and I love Franklin Avenue.