Naomi R. Williams
Oral history interview with Debra Anthony, a native of Tampa, Florida. Anthony was born in 1960 at Clara Frye Hospital, the only hospital where blacks could receive medical care. Her family lived in Central Park Village, a public housing project, for over twenty years, moving in shortly after it was built and leaving in 1979. She attended Booker T. Washington Middle School in the early 1970s, the period when white children were first bused in from the suburbs, which was a difficult experience for both black and white students. Anthony has good memories of growing up in Central Park Villag in spite of its negative reputation. She attributes its decline to the destruction of the African American business community on Central Avenue. Anthony was saddened by Central Park Village's demolition in 2007 because it was such a major part of her childhood, and she is hesitant about the city's plans to develop the area.
African Americans, Florida, Tampa, Housing, Social conditions, Public housing, History
University of South Florida
Interview conducted November 4, 2007. Interviewed by Naomi R. Williams.
Anthony, Debra Y., "Debra Y. Anthony Oral History Interview" (2011). Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project. 66.