A project of Brooklyn Historical Society
 
 
 
 
Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity.
This website is a work in progress. Our digital collection of oral histories will be complete in January 2015, and our free curriculum will be posted in Spring 2015. Enjoy exploring now, and please visit again!
Listen - Personal stories of life, love, family, work, faith, and community

Ricardo Osmondo Francis

"I think for a lot of people, being black, and even being a man can be very difficult. But I chose not to have that as an issue. And I think that I’ve survived life better by not allowing that to be an issue. I don’t want to be bitter,...

Caroline Fermin

“When we did the census a few times, she would be on the phone with them and they’d be like, “Well, whatever language you speak at home is what race you are. My mom would be furious. Having to choose I felt like was the hardest part."...

Pete Beveridge

"By the time I was at Columbia, the FBI had become interested in my activities. When I finally got my FBI file, one of the entries was something to the effect of “He is known to make frequent trips to Harlem to associate with Negro...

Natalie Chassler

"My grandmother had 7 children. And all the children were very close, there were no fights or anything. As a little girl some of the happiest moments were going to my grandmother -- we used to go every Sunday and have chocolate cake......