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Jettie Brown interview, 2017-12-24

Identifier: rwhc_ohp_2017_004.wav

Scope and Contents

In this oral history interview, Jettie Brown discusses her life and experiences moving from Blair, Virginia, to Chester, Pennsylvania, to Long Island, New York, and ultimately to Washington, D.C. Mrs. Brown talks about her upbringing and family life on the farm in Blair, segregation and race relations in Blair, and her family's migration to Chester, Pennsylvania, when she was twenty years old. Mrs. Brown also discusses moving to Long Island with her husband and their move to the Washington, D.C., area.


  • Creation: 2017-12-24


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Mrs. Jettie Brown was born on September 23, 1930, in Blair, Virginia, and grew up with her mother, father, and seven siblings. The family lived and worked on a farm as sharecroppers in Blair, but they migrated to Chester, Pennsylvania, after an incident in which Mrs. Brown's father was cheated at settlement by his employer. In Chester, Mrs. Brown met and married her husband, Rev. Ulysses Brown, and the two moved to Long Island, New York. Mrs. Brown got a job working for AT and T and was able to continue her education in Long Island, receiving a bachelor's degree in Christian Education. After her husband's retirement Mrs. Brown and her husband moved to Washington, D.C, and she has worked as substitute teacher since arriving in the District. Mrs. Brown also serves on the Mothers' Board of Greater Refuge Temple of Washington, D.C, and is currently taking classes at Liberty University.


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

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