Carifesta: 227 Utica Ave.

With the Immigration Laws of 1965 and its resulting influx of Afro-Caribbeans into the borough of Brooklyn, it was only a matter of time before tropical fruit markets popped up, barrel shipping companies were underway, and the transnational business of tourism boomed. Advertising low airfare and a plethora of entertainment, The Ron Roach Caribbean Ensemble promised a taste of Caribbean culture for those who have never experienced it, and a wishful return for those who have.

Hailing from St. Vincent, this volunteer stood in memory of the residents and school children and business owners and recent immigrants of Black Brooklyn before her who gleefully anticipated the trip to their home country in the summer of 1981.

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