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Shirley Debrow interview, 2016-01-02

Identifier: rwhc_ohp_2015_011.wav

Scope and Contents

In this oral history interview, Ms. Shirley Debrow discusses her life and experiences moving from North Carolina to Washington, DC. Ms. Debrow discusses her early life in the South, her move to Philadelphia in 1964, and her move to Washington, DC, in 1966. Ms. Debrow also talks about her life in Washington, her career at the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, and her love of travel.


  • Creation: 2016-01-02


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Born in 1946, Shirley M. Debrow grew up in North Carolina with her parents and two brothers. After graduating from high school in 1964, she moved to Philadelphia, PA, with an aunt. Ms. Debrow later moved to Washington, DC, in 1966, where she has lived ever since. In Washington, Ms. Debrow attended Federal City College (now UDC) and came under the mentorship of DC community activist, Kimi Gray. With the help of Gray, Ms. Debrow opened a daycare center and served as the center's director. She also worked on the campaigns of DC Mayor Marion Barry. Ms. Debrow began a long and successful career as a recreation specialist with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation in 1987, working most recently at the Volta Park Recreation Center in Georgetown. Ms. Debrow loves to travel, enjoys outdoor activities and lives an active and healthy lifestyle. She also had one son, Steven, who was born in 1968.


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