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Shanice interview, 2021-09-18

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc029_07.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: 2021-09-18


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Born at D.C. General Hospital in 1963, Shanice lived in several different parts of the city as a child, including Douglass in Southeast, and Columbia Heights in Northwest. She transitioned in high school and moved back and forth between D.C. and Alexandra, Virginia several times. In the early 2000s she got involved with community organizations and HIV treatment and prevention. She has been living in Alexandria again for several years.


From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes


Ms. Shanice discusses growing up in D.C., in several different neighborhoods, her family, going to high school and coming into herself, going to clubs and sex work, the impact of the AIDS epidemic, the violence transgender women faced and the killing of a close friend, getting involved in non-profit work, and the changes in the city.

Related Materials

Oral Histories with similar themes and narrators are also available through the Rainbow History Project.


Please note: This interview includes graphic descriptions of violence. The narrator's last name has been omitted at her request.

Repository Details

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

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