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Albert Smith moved to Hudson about 7 years ago and become involved in the community garden. He spoke with great passion and excitement about gardening, and getting the rest of the community, especially children involved in gardening. He discussed some of the challenges the community garden has had as well. Albert also talked about his family’s roots in South Carolina, his wife’s roots in North Carolina, and the time he lived in New York City, including jobs he held at Burlington Coat Factory and the Rockaway Mill during his time living in those places.
Albert was very friendly, yet a little reluctant to spend a lot of time talking about himself and his personal life.
This interview would be of interest to people wanting to learn about the Hudson community garden; migration from the South to the North; New York City; and Rockaway, Queens.
I was born in 1981 into a bi-racial family in Long Island, NY, and have lived in Brooklyn for the past 10 years. I work as work as the Project Director of a community organizing and urban agriculture project in Brooklyn, and am interested in oral history’s capacity to capture and amplify the stories of people whose lives are often not viewed as remarkable, but I believe, are. Within this I am especially interested in the stories of low-income people and families and people of color.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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