“I grew up by the bridge. My dad worked for the railroad. They took the wheels off cabooses, placed them on cement and turned them into housing units. Five families lived there and that is where we grew up. The slab of cement is still there. People were living everywhere around The Avenue. There was a club with a pool room where kids congregated. There were rooming houses and an ice house on the corner across from where I live now.
I ran away from home when I was 14. Five of us took a bus to Florida to pick tomatoes in Homestead, Florida. We were abused there and snuck off to Miami. The cops picked us up and called our parents. My parents got me back home.
I lived in New York for a long time. I was a young man and wanted to get out of here and see things. But you always come back home.”
Curtis Marsh’s interview was for the series “Buried in Oaklawn.” The last story “History Bulldozed Over on ‘The Avenue’ is running now in Lagniappe.
Here is the link to the story. https://lagniappemobile.com/history-bulldozed-over-on-the-avenue/