Eastwick Oral History Project: John L. Hemphill III


Eastwick Oral History Project: John L. Hemphill III


The Eastwick Oral History Project documents the rich history and complex cultural life of Eastwick — a vibrant community in Southwest Philadelphia. The neighborhood’s history is marked by deep connections to the landscape and waterways, as well as experiences of displacement and environmental injustice.The Eastwick Oral History Project, operated by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, documents the legacies and changes of the neighborhood through interviews with lifelong residents, long-time residents, and others who are engaged in community advocacy around Eastwick’s future.


Eastwick Oral History Project


"And as a kid, I rode my bike, and everywhere that me and my friends would ride we would actually map out, on paper. So we mapped out whole sections of the city. Every little street on pencil and paper, some of which I still have, interestingly enough, even though the paper is very old looking—looks like the Declaration of Independence almost."

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Eastwick Oral History Project, “Eastwick Oral History Project: John L. Hemphill III,” Schuylkill River & Urban Waters Research Corps Archive, accessed June 19, 2018, http://schuylkillcorps.org/items/show/5.


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