Barbara Barksdale

Barbara Barksdale

1952 -


Interview Length: 57 minutes

Interview Date: May 28, 2009

Interview Location: WHBG Channel 20, 223 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA




Raised in Steelton, Barbara Barksdale remembers a town where the mom-and-pop shopkeepers knew "who you belonged to." With this came fond memories of exciting bus trips into downtown Harrisburg during the Christmas season in the 1960s. Barksdale started first grade during the inauguration of integration and continued on to higher education. Today, she works for the Department of Public Welfare, Barksdale is also the founder of the Friends of Midland, an organization that is restoring an African American pre-Civil War cemetery in Harrisburg and uncovering a rich history of African-Americans from this area along the way.

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