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Letitia Harris

In Oral History Interviews on April 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Letitia Harris is the daughter of famed painter Falstaff Harris.  Here she is talking about her older sister, Joan Harris SouthGate, when being interviewed by Joan Bryant and Nancy Keefe Rhodes.

Yeah.  I’ll talk to my sister, see if she remembers.  She, talk about a character, that’s my sister.  My sister’s 83.  I had to go see her.  She walked to Canada.

She walked?  Did she follow the Underground Railroad?  Yes.

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June Dixon

In Oral History Interviews on April 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm

June Dixon was born in Syracuse, New York in 1921 and has lived in Syracuse ever since.  Her mother was Mohawk and her father was Mexican.  Her maiden name, Rohadfox, is unique to her family.  Here she is being interviewed by Tasneem Grace Tewogbola.

And when’s your birthday?

My birthday will be coming up pretty soon.  We’ll hit 90!  January 27th, 1921.

1921.  And where were you born?

Syracuse, New York, 940 and a half South State Street.  Right where the police station is now down there.

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Brenda Muhammad

In Oral History Interviews on April 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

Brenda Muhammad  was born and raised in Central New York but her parents are both from Arkansas.  Every other year, Brenda and her extended family participate in a family reunion.  There, they compare their new genealogical research and flesh out their heritage.  Brenda is being interviewed here by Joan Bryant and Claire Enkosky.

Every time I would go to Arkansas, if I was in Little Rock, I would go to vital records or the court house and I would take a little bit of money that I have an buy someone’s birth certificate or someone’s death certificate or a marriage license.

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