The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) Roadshow arrives in Queens!
Thomas Allen Harris and his DDFR Roadshow Team filmed seven interviews in Corona, Queens last week in partnership with Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM) and Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center. Local New Yorkers shared the stories of their lives, families, and communities as told through photographs at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens and the Louis Armstrong Archives at Queens College in Flushing.
Louis Armstrong’s extraordinary life and music are revealed through over 5,000 photographs, artifacts, and documents maintained by the LAHM.
In addition to the unique collection of Armstrong images and memorabilia, the DDFR Roadshow Team captured a variety of family photos from Corona, Queens denizens. Louis Armstrong’s friends, neighbors and colleagues sat in front of the DDFR cameras and shared their family and community photographs which document their stories of this dynamic neighborhood.
DDFR Queens Participants:
left – Andrew Jackson, executive director of Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center, Queens Public Library
center – Frances Dixon, neighbor and long-time resident
right – Grace Lawrence, friend of Louis Armstrong, neighbor and long-time resident
left – Paul Lawrence, long-time resident
center – Jimmy Heath, jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and colleague of Louis Armstrong
right – Perfetto, neighbor and long-time resident
left – Michael Cogswell, director of LAHM
right – Ricky Riccardi, project archivist
officers at LAHM,
especially Michael Cogswell (Director)
Nayelli Dispaltro (Development Officer)
Ricky Riccardi (Archvist)
Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center,
Queens Public Library
Would you like the DDFR Roadshow to come to your community?
Email DDFRtv@gmail.com to receive more information.
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