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This interview was conducted with Teanna Hedgepeth at the Chamber of Commerce on front street in Hudson, NY, on Thursday June 13, 2019. Teanna was born and raised in Schenectady, NY she later moved to Hudson in the summer of 2005. She finished her senior year of High School at the Hudson High School. In 2010 after the birth of her three children she moved to Ohio for 2 years so her children could be acquainted with their father’s family and later settled back in Hudson in 2012. Teanna discusses motherhood, community, diversity and changes within her life and around Hudson. She speaks on her family’s impact on the town and their involvement in basketball. She describes the importance of being present for young people and what they believe in. She walks us through some changes with in Hudson over the years, what walking on Warren Street feels like now versus earlier in her life. She also touches on the housing market and how she uprooted her family to the outskirts of Hudson and landed in Stockport. She refers to Hudson as a money-making pit.
Sharece Johnson is a graduate of the University at Albany with a BA in Communication. She works in the community as an After-School Director with Kite’s Nest. Her interests are in community, child care, social justice, performing arts and poetry.
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