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Long-Time Arlingtonians Tell Their Story

by ARLnow.com March 4, 2011 at 9:38 am 1,823 4 Comments

Since last month, Arlington County has been asking residents to tell their story for a new initiative that seeks to “celebrate Arlington’s rich cultural diversity through a variety of events, celebrations, and story-telling.”

While the Tell Arlington’s Story web site has more than a dozen video interviews with local folks who have personal tales to tell, on Tuesday you can see some of the stories in person. Third- and fourth-generation African American residents will be sharing their stories at the Arlington Central Library auditorium.

The event will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Storytellers include Mattie Walker, one-time teacher at the old Hoffman-Boston school and former Arlington Education Association President; Kline Price, the grandson of Charles Drew; and Kenny James, Yorktown high graduate and Arlington parks department employee.

The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the storytellers and to share their own stories.

  • LyonSteve

    How can long-time (read: elderly) residents afford their property taxes? They’ve gone up hundreds of percent since they bought.

    Makes me wonder how many have a reverse mortgage to pay their county land rental fee.

    • CW

      Most of the smart ones probably sold their houses for the $750k+ that they were worth and retired to a beach somewhere.

    • Lou

      By extension, they can live here for the same reasons anyone can live around here. High incomes to match the high cost of living. Anyone who has lived here a long time has enjoyed the benefits of the high salaries around here, for a long time. And they knew the importance of saving and investing. My mom, at 75, still lives in the house she and my dad bought back in the 50’s. I think they paid $4,500, in the Williamsburg area. My dad left a very good government pension, and she has plenty of fixed-income investments coming in.

  • Robert

    Love Inner Ear Studios (owned by Don Zientara). Did a lot of great recording there with bands and solo! Brings back a lot of good memories. 🙂


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