Oral history interview with Bettye Queen

Object Details

Interviewer
Harrison, Duane
Scope and Contents
Bettye Queen spoke about her family history, growing up in North Brentwood, and the institutions and organizations located in North Brentwood, Maryland. Queen listed the names of her close relations (parents, grandparents, and siblings) and her relations who lived in North Brentwood. She talked about her family's daily and weekend activities, including chores and work outside of the home, when she was growing up; the home she grew up in; and the street she grew up on, including the names of her neighbors. She spoke of playing games as a family, holiday traditions, when and for what reasons family and friends gathered, and baptisms, proms, weddings, and funerals. Queen discussed who made the important decisions (schooling, marriage, jobs and occupations) in the family; how children in her family and in the community were disciplined; how the children were treated differently based on gender, age, and ability; how conflicts in her family were resolved; and the values and expectations taught within her family and within the community. She talked about who cared for aging, sick, or dependent family members; what success and achievement meant when she was growing up; how her family supported and helped others; and attending a Black (segregated) school and the support of her Black teachers. Regarding the institutions and organizations located in North Brentwood, Queen discussed what she remembers about the businesses in North Brentwood and who owned them; the mayors and council of North Brentwood; the fire department and the firemen's hall; the police department; the playground and recreational activities, including the baseball team, the softball team, and the teen clubs; the doctors and dentist; the beer gardens and restaurants; and the floods after heavy rains. She also talked about her memories of being a student and her school, including Field Day and May Pole; attending Catholic church in Hyattsville and Baptist church in Bladensburg; going with her father to pay rent for the house they lived in; where her relations, who left North Brentwood, moved to; and what makes North Brentwood special, including straw rides and sleigh riding. Bettye Queen was interviewed by Duane Harrison. Textual transcript only. No audio recording of this interview.
Date
circa 1993
Type
Archival materials
Audio
Topic
African Americans
African American families
Manners and customs
Social values
African American neighborhoods
Communities
Interviews
Place
North Brentwood (Md.)
Citation
Footsteps from North Brentwood exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
General
A text transcript of this interview is available in Anacostia Community Museum Archives. 
Title created by ACMA staff using text written on textual transcript.
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