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The Originals: Revisiting Morrisania


Wanda McAllister was born in Brooklyn, but her family moved to Claremont Village in Morrisania when she was one year old. From their first floor apartment, her mother and seven siblings helped conceive an intertwined and interdependent community, dubbed the “Originals” of their neighborhood. From her experiences with teen motherhood, drug addiction, and religious revival, Wanda traces the shifting nature of her childhood home across decades. Set against a backdrop of the 1980s crack epidemic and viewed from within her mother’s fifty year residency in the neighborhood, Wanda’s story highlights the natural tensions inherent to remembering an important place.