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Object Name Recording
Title Conversations to Create Unity: Perry Bedford's Interview
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Object ID S2015.02.01
Collection Conversations to Create Unity Collection
Date 10/04/2014
Narrator's name Bedford, Perry
Interviewer Larson, Jenny
Interview date 2014-10-04
Interview place Susanna Dickinson Museum
Scope & Content Perry Bedford recalls his life growing up in south Austin, Texas, around William Cannon Drive and West Gate Boulevard. He discusses his grade school years and how it was growing up African American in a predominately white neighborhood and schools. He also tells of his own and family members' negative encounters with law enforcement, the positive and negative effects of gentrification, rising property taxes, and demographic changes in Austin.

This interview is part of an oral history project, Conversations to Create Unity, conducted by the Susanna Dickinson Museum and funded by Baylor University's Institute of Oral History. The project features fifteen oral histories from a diverse group of lifelong Austinites. Their interviews communicate race relations as a shared human experience and present a productive dialog about race in Austin, Texas.
Extent of Description 2 WAV files (total 208.7 MB)
Language of Material English
Subjects Austin (Tex.)
City planning
Cliques (Sociology)
Historically black colleges and universities
Police-community relations
Property tax
Public schools--United States
Socioeconomic status
Search Terms Anderson Creative Learning Center, Inc. (Austin, Tex.)
Austin (Tex.) Police Department
Bedichek Middle School (Austin, Tex.)
Crockett High School (Austin, Tex.)
Cunningham Elementary School (Austin, Tex.)
West Gate Boulevard (Austin, Tex.)
William Cannon Drive (Austin, Tex.)