This week on Arizona Illustrated: Memories from Eleanor Roosevelt's granddaughter; attending Dunbar school in the late 40s; traffic control ‘eighties style’; and The Arizona State Museum photographic collection provides a window in time.
Growing Up Roosevelt
Before her death in 1962, Eleanor Roosevelt became a globally recognized voice for human rights and the advancement of equality. An avid world traveler, one of Roosevelt's favorite companions during her later years was her granddaughter Nina - the daughter of Franklin and Eleanor's youngest son, John. A former first lady and her teenage granddaughter traveling the Middle East without an entourage or Secret Service is difficult to imagine today, but Nina Roosevelt Gibson says it how her grandmother wanted it. Today, Nina lives in Vail, Arizona. Mark McLemore talked with her about her memories of growing up in one of America's most famous families.
School segregation is a difficult chapter in the nation's history, and while it left a painful wound in many lives, many African-American children were able to persevere and thrive. Barbara Lewis shares her stories and recollections about attending classes in the historic Dunbar building from 1942 to 1950.
From the Vault: Sixth St. Coners [Originally aired 1988]
Beginning in 1968 Tucson dealt with its rush hour traffic by turning the center lane of several streets into one-way lanes. Each weekday morning and again in the afternoon these express lanes would ostensibly allow for more traffic where and when it was needed. But it's how those lanes appeared and vanished each day - the rhythmic work of the Sixth St. Coners.
Pieces of Time
The Arizona State Museum’s photographic collection is a powerful window in time for the museum’s staff and Arizona’s Indigenous people.