Interview with Otis Pitts

Tell me about how your father had a couple of stores in Overtown and had to move. I mean why?


Yeah, my father owned, ah, several small business in Overtown. And of course one of them, ah, the area where it, it was is now an expressway through that area. And then on 20th Street, I mean they literally came and bought out those businesses there. And they received small amount of compensation for the businesses. If a business was among one of the ones that were, you know, they were, they were bought out so we had to move because of urban renewal and, ah, a lot of, you know, construction and housing, etcetera that was placed in that area. So all the commercial, ah, ah, enterprises as such were just destroyed in that area. And, ah, of course he was displaced and removed his businesses to Liberty City.