Howard Zinn Describes Work in the Navy Yards

In memory of Howard Zinn and in appreciation of his life’s work, the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation shared excerpts from an interview they conducted with Howard Zinn.

Howard Zinn (top right), posing with his fellow Apprentice Association teammates. From the Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive.

In this interview, Zinn shares detailed memories about growing up in Brooklyn, working as an apprentice shipfitter in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, helping to organize an apprentice shipfitter association, organizing a winning basketball team, and his first date with his future wife.

The interview was conducted by Daniella Romano, director of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive. Listen to the full audio interview at the Brooklyn Historical Society, complete with transcript.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive • December 8, 2008