Photograph of Mom

Relationship: Im/migrant

My mom was born in 1921 in New Kent County, Virginia during the Depression. There were no doctors but there were midwives to deliver children. We lived in a large house and there was no electricity, no running water, no indoor bathrooms. We had a spring where got water from. I lived there until I was 15 or 16 years old and then we moved to a place called Lanexa, Virginia which is where I started going to High School. I worked during the evening at a place called Four Seasons club after school. I went to a school called Smith Madden Business School after graduation in Richmond for one semester while working at night.  After graduation I came to New York and I worked in a hospital in the x ray department as a patient attendant. I went to school at night to become an x-ray technician which I continued to do for a number of years. Then I retired and here I am. I chose these photographs of my mother because she was instrumental in me going forward in my life. The picture of the chair was in my mother's church which was erected around 1800. She was a member of that church forever. Our religion was Baptist and I attended Bible school and evening services on a regular basis and I am very much orientated to my faith at this time. I carried my values and faith with my over the years as I've met others along the way and it has been a wonderful journey. I am continuing to learn and experience all that life has to offer. 

Place(s): Windsorshade in New Kent County, Virginia and New York City
Year: 1960

– Fred Street

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant