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Oral Histories are indexed by name, neighborhood and subject. The indexed names lead to a short summary; from there you can click on the name to read the transcriptions in PDF format.
Unalane AblondiBorn in Washington, D.C., Unalane Ablondi moved to Alexandria, Va., from Edgewater, Md., when she was fourteen years old, during World War II. She describes what Alexandria was like during the 1940s, when there were corner grocery stores and few restaurants. She talks about her classmates and activities at George Washington High School and her interest in dramatics. She also talks about her mother, Una Franklin Carter, a journalist with the Northern Virginia Sun and the Old Town Crier. Mrs. Ablondi moved back to Alexandria with her husband and children in the 1970s and was one of the first docents for the restored Carlisle House. She describes how Alexandria changed between the 1940s and the 1970s and how it continues to change now.
JJoyce Paige Anderson Abney is a fifth-generation Alexandrian, descended from Armistead Webster. Mrs. Abney discusses growing up in segregated Alexandria, including schools and swimming pools.oyce Paige Anderson Abney is a fifth-generation Alexandrian, descended from Armistead Webster. Mrs. Abney discusses growing up in segregated Alexandria, including schools and swimming pools.
Mollie Abraham Mollie Abraham, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, came to Alexandria as a young woman and worked with her husband, Meyer. She raised three children here and was active in the schools, her synagogue, the Alexandria Breast Cancer Walk, and the Civic Association. As a Living Legend of Alexandria for 2011, she talks about why she became active in community affairs and how Alexandria has changed over the years.
Ms. Collins's son, Len Collins, who was present for this interview, has also been interviewed by Alexandria Archaeology.
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