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For this project, in addition to library and private collection research, we interviewed 14 people in 11 sessions. The interviewee were black and white, including three couples; past and current residents, people who could recall life in Fairlawn going back to the 1940s, as well as, people who moved into Fairlawn during the 1960s and 70s. They all, pretty much, spoke of a close knit community, where they knew their neighbors, often because of their children and school or church activities. But there were also concerns about unsupervised young people needing positive things to do, neighbors who didn‟t care about the appearance of their yards, and disrespectful youth loitering on the sidewalks. Overall, however, people were, in a word, optimistic.

There was a lot more information, subjective and anecdotal, collected for this project, far more than could be used. However, this information was helpful in guiding some of the research and in steering the direction of the project. The Project Director, Graylin Presbury, welcomes all questions, comments and suggestions please email: info@fairlawndc.org. For more information about the Fairlawn Citizens Association, please visit: www.fairlawndc.org.


Graylin Presbury, FCA President & Project Director, Interviewer and Writer Camille Presbury, Project Researcher and Writer Pamela Presbury, Project Transcriber Dr. Joy Kinard, Project Scholar/Advisor and Editor Patsy Fletcher, DC Historic Preservation Office/Advisor and Editor Patricia Jones, FCA Treasurer & Project Bookkeeper Yvette Davis, Anacostia Neighborhood Library, DC Public Library

Michele Casto & Faye Haskins, Washingtoniana Division, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch, DC Public Library


Project Interviewees: Angela Simpson, Frances Jenkins Penny, James Manion, Jr., Janice Larsen-Tyre, LaVerne Hall, Mary Anne & Gerald Upright, Mary Brown, Patricia & Fred Jones, Ruth & Melvin Jefferson, Stephen Tweedy, and Thelma Jones.

Bartlett, John Henry. The Bonus March and the New Deal. New York: M.A. Donohue & Co., 1937.

Daniels, Roger. The Bonus March; an Episode of the Great Depression, Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Corp., 1971.

Glover, Ora. Program Bulletin, First Community Luncheon. Fairlawn Citizens Association, 1980. Heritage Quest. Genealogy: Online Database, 1790-1930. Online/Print.

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