Violet Pettijohn

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University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press
Pettijohn discusses growing up in Newark and living with only white families around her at 115 North College Avenue. She discusses her education at the black schools in the area (New London Avenue School and Howard High School in Wilmington). The community atmosphere is discussed with regard to how it used to be and how it is now that the University and students have moved in to all the houses in the area. Her relations with the college students living in the area now are discussed as well as many of her friends and family members who used to live in the area and have since left for various reasons. The layout of the community back in 1930 is discussed with regard to what has changed and various areas people lived in such as "The Hollow" and Terry Manor. Growing up in the area is discussed and her different experiences living in the area. The boundaries of the neighborhood are discussed and the old black community is explained. Different aspects of racism in Newark are discussed. Various establishments in the area that people frequented are discussed including Bell’s Funeral Home and The Wagon Wheel and the different entertainment they provided.
African American fraternal organizations--History--20th century., African American churches-History--20th century., African American schools-History--20th century., African Americans--Delaware--Education--20th century., African Americans--Delaware--20th century--Interviews., Education--Newark (Del.)--20th century., Food--Social aspects--20th century., Oral History--Newark (Del.)--20th century., Segregation--Newark (Del.)--20th century., Newark (Del.)--History--20th century., Newark (Del.)--Race relations--History--20th century., African American cooking--Delaware--20th century., Community Life--Newark (Del.)--20th century., Audiocassettes., Galley proofs., Interviews., Oral histories (document genres), Research notes., Recipes., Transcripts., Herman, Bernard, interviewer., Uehling, Katelyn., University of Delaware. Center for Material Culture Studies., University of Delaware. Department of Art.