Joint effort underway to document black history in the Bronx
Some seniors are working on documenting the black experience in the Bronx.
Leroy Archible came to the Bronx in 1947 at the age of 16. For the past decade, he has collected material on African-American contributions to the Bronx. Now he and a number of Bronx seniors are sharing their pasts as part of a project to document the black experience in the Bronx.
The project came about after students looking for research on African-Americans in the Bronx could not find anything. As part of the project, Fordham University and The Bronx Historical Society are helping to preserve the experience of residents such as Archible through interviews that are being taped and transcribed.
The project is set to last five years. So far, more than 40 interviews have been conducted and the plan is to collect 300 by the time the project ends.
The hope is that by documenting the stories, historians can eventually write books about the Bronx.
Anyone interested in sharing their story can call the African-American Studies Office at Fordham University at (718) 817-3748.