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Deirdre Grant is a mature student at Hawthorne University studying agriculture and a social & environmental justice activist. She is a 65 year old black woman and is married to Phil Grant, also in the archive. She has lived just outside Hudson for three years. In this interview she discusses her Childhood growing up in Pennsylvania's Appalachia where she was raised by her entrepreneurial Grandmother and in Brooklyn with her mother. Her adulthood was spent in Queens and Long Island before finally finding “home” in Columbia County. People who might be interested in this interview include those interested in: PA Appalachia, urban to rural migration, rural to urban migration, the Manhattan Project, environmental justice, racism, segregation, women's history, mothers, Hudson transplants, progressive agriculture.
I am a 29 year old white female at the time this interview was conducted. I am a project participant because of my enrollment in Oral History Summer School, which I've attended both for personal projects as well as for my work at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. I live in Brooklyn, New York and work there as a social public history educator and community organizer.
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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