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Henry Breedlove index, 2016-01-01


Scope and Contents

In this oral history interview, Henry Breedlove, a long time D.C. resident, discusses his experiences moving from Vienna, Georgia, to Washington, D.C. He talks about his upbringing in Vienna as well as how his parents sent him to live in Washington when he was 18 years old (in 1957) since they feared for his life after a confrontation he had with some white people. Mr. Breedlove also discusses his career in construction, his relationship with his wife, the passing of their son in 2013, and the role of religion in his life.


  • Creation: 2016-01-01


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Born in Vienna, Georgia, in 1939, Henry Breedlove was born to a large family with 10 siblings. His parents worked as sharecroppers and Mr. Breedlove and his siblings worked with them. At 18 his parents sent him to live with in his sister in Washington, D.C. He quickly got a construction job working and remained in the industry for his entire career. He lived with his sister until 1971 when he married his wife and got his own place. In 1999 they moved to Temple Hills, Maryland. He and his wife had one son who passed away in 2013.


From the Collection: 27.1 Gigabytes (DIG_0029)

From the Collection: 228 Files (DIG_0029)

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001