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Steve Nelson interview, 2017-07-12

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc005

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Steve Nelson discusses how his family saved money to purchase a house in Riggs Park during the period of white flight from the neighborhood. Nelson recalls his experiences in the DC Public School system, including at LaSalle Elementary and Bell Vocational High School. Nelson also recounts a crime resulting in the death of his brother, and discusses how Riggs Park continues to evolve.


  • Creation: 2017-07-12


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Biographical / Historical

Clyde Steve Nelson was born in 1960 in Washington, D.C. Soon after, his parents bought a house in Riggs Park during the period of white flight. Nelson's mother worked as a budget analyst for the Department of Navy and his father was a chauffeur for the Civil Service Commission. Nelson had two brothers, David and Mark, and a sister. As an adult, he worked as an electrician for DC Public Schools and as a long haul truck driver.


From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes

Repository Details

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

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Washington DC 20001