Griffith, Nicole ("Cokie")

Date:
2012-02-20
Length:
93 min.
Interviewer:
Pace, Mary
Transcription available:
no
Interview Number(s):
2012_44_6
Summary:
This interview covers Griffin's memories of her childhood and teenage years at Sheppard Square. Her husband, Edward, accompanied her during the interview. She talks about her family, neighborhood mothers, the Presbyterian Community Center and other mentors. As a young child, Griffin was exposed to the community's danger: gun violence, drug deals and prostitution. Despite the harsh world she witnessed, she describes a happy childhood playing outside for most of the day and enjoying a variety of activities at PCC. She is proud of coming from Sheppard Square. Griffin offers an insightful look into a public housing childhood, experiencing its best and worst episodes, and a young girl's journey to self esteem.
Topic(s):
Sheppard Square (Housing project : Louisville, Ky.), Louisville Metropolitan Housing Authority (Louisville, Ky.), Smoketown (Louisville, Ky.), African American neighborhoods – Kentucky – Louisville, Presbyterian Community Center (Louisville, Ky.), Childhood development, Public housing – Kentucky – Louisville, Housing authorities – Kentucky – Louisville