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Duane Sylvestre interview, 2020-12-10

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc026_02.wav

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2020-12-10


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Duane Sylvestre is a notable bar professional in the D.C. area. He has worked in a number of establishments across Maryland and D.C. during the cocktail renaissance, and has a deep knowledge of the history of Shaw.


From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes


This is an individual interview of Duane Sylvestre in which he discusses his experiences as an bar professional, reflecting his Trinidadian heritage in his approach to mixology, the visibility of Black bartenders in the industry, and how the service industry has changed as a result of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests.

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