Isaiah Obie Bing

Interviewed By Arlene Schulman

Isaiah Obie Bing discusses his family history and his own experience growing up in New York. Obie┬┤s family were once sharecroppers in South Carolina and Georgia. He describes their odyssey as they first became land owners and later moved to Washington Heights in New York City. Obie talks about growing up in Washington Heights, the games he played, his education and the neighborhood┬┤s tight-knit community. Obie also tells about his career as a mechanical engineer working for Con Edison and his involvement in local community politics. (Summary Written By: Kaitlin McClure)

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January 30, 2015
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