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Roxanne Frye

June 28, 2016


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Eve Austin

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This interview was conducted with Roxanne Frye (AKA “Roxi”) in the interviewer’s room at “3rd State”, the Hudson guest house where Roxi works and lives as the Resident Manager.  Roxi was born in Lansing Michigan and grew up with 5 siblings in Grand Rapids and Marshall, Michigan.  She attended Michigan State University.  She found Michigan to be lacking in job opportunities. She and some of her siblings eventually left Michigan to pursue professional careers.

Roxi describes herself as an educator.  She has lived and worked in many places, including Virginia and Jamaica, while raising her three children.  She worked for Virginia Tech as an Ag Educator for several years, and has had about 25 different jobs prior to landing in Hudson.

She describes her place in Hudson as temporary, and she discusses her position as an outsider.  She shares her observations of the “bitter” divisions among Hudson residents, including which side of “the bridge” one comes from, and whether one is a new business owner or a long-term resident of Hudson facing gentrification. She describes the difficulty she has had forming friendships in Hudson given her status as an outsider. She describes her own practice of pursuing spiritual growth, and her participation in several meditation communities in the greater Hudson area, including the Peace Village, a Brahma Kumaris retreat center.

This interview may be of interest to those who want to learn about one outsider’s perspective of Hudson, NY

Interviewer Bio:
Eve Austin

Eve Austin is a clinical social worker/mediator who has worked for over 25 years with children and families in a variety of settings.  She is interested in using oral history as a therapeutic tool with children and families.  She works and lives in Baltimore, MD and is the founder of the Center for the Mixed Voice, a resource and education center for the multiracial/multi-heritage community.  She is developing an oral history project for the Center for the Mixed Voice, and is currently collecting audio interviews of people within the multiple heritage community.

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