Title created by ACMA staff from title and interview location transcribed from physical asset.
The collection, Street Interviews, contains a series of interviews conducted with locals at various locations around Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood between April 3 and July 27, 1972. The five areas of focus for the street interviews include housing, unemployment, education, crime, and drugs. Interviews were conducted by James Campbell with Vilma Beraroucci running the camera. Most of the interviews were transferred to VHS in August 1990.
A woman discusses her thoughts on drugs, specifically marijuana, and her stance on legalizing them. Two other women do not believe drugs should be legalized. One of the women lost several friends to drug use, including one who overdosed on methadone while participating in a methadone maintenance program. Manager of McBrides states he has little trouble with crime. When his store first moved to its current location, school children shoplifted, but he worked with the school to resolve the problem. A woman talks about her child's need for a reading specialist and the child's hour long bus ride to school. Unemployment in Anacostia, working on construction projects during 1953 and 1954, housing conditions, and difficulties with landlords are also discussed.
Interviews. Part of Street Interviews. Dated 19720419.
Street Interviews: Location Unidentified 2, Record Group 09-024, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
African American neighborhoods
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