'Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home; A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there, Which, seek through the world, is ne'er met with elsewhere. Home, home, sweet, sweet home! There's no place like home, oh, there's no place like home!
-----John Howard Payne (1791-1852)
|Farralone Family House|
We were clueless at the time, that our family was about the become the original "Hughleys" - a 1998 TV show about a black family moving to "West Hills, a predominately white neighborhood within the San Fernando Valley". Only this was 1964, and the part of West Hills where we moved was still called Canoga Park.
Yet I had not experienced the things I was going to experience while living in Canoga Park. There someone called me a [N-word] for the first time in my life, and I had no idea what they were talking about. Soon, I would find out and thus the next kid to call me that got a punch in the mouth. Fifty years later, someone in my family continues to live in that house. That's why I call it a family home.
My mother's family home was in Houston, Texas on Barbee Street. According to my grandmother, Sixty or more years later, someone from the family continues to live there too.
|Barbee Street House; Green Building was the|
garage with an apartment on top.
|Aline Cover is of the former owner of the house. |
My grandparents purchased the house from Mrs. Cover
in March of 1951. The Roulande Studio was operated by
Sonia and Kaye Marvins.
Ironically, my mother's family was one of the first or maybe even the first black family to move into that house. The 1940 United States Census shows that the neighborhood was completely white.
|1940 U.S. Census show the race of the persons|
living on Barbee Street at the time.
|Another family home in Lockhart, Texas (That's my mom, Thelma, in front)|
|House on Buck where my Mom lived before the family moved to Barbee Street|
|Grand Mother Eliza's Childhood home on Ruthven|
in Houston, Texas. This was a Freedman Town
established after the Civil War.
|Family Home in Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas Island|
|Savannah Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas Island|
What was left of the house that my Grandfather RCG
was born in 1893.
|I believe my grandfather's sister Euleta was about 20 years old|
in this photo. In the background is what I believe is the family home
referenced in the photograph above!!!
|"3021" I wonder whose house this is. Cornelia and Clarence Washington lived at 3605 Hare Street, Houston, Texas so I do not believe it's their house.|
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