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Carrie Camillo Tankard

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Branch Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/18/1935
Birth Location:
Newark, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Branch Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/18/1935
Birth Location:
Newark
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Biography

Carrie C. Tankard has been a contributor to the civic and cultural life on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts for nearly forty years. Her major work has been in civil rights, historic preservation and education, and intercultural understanding.

Born on February 18, 1935 in Newark, New Jersey, Tankard was one of seven children of Maggie and Felipe Camillo. She graduated from Newark’s Southside High School in 1953. After high school, she was employed as a clerk-typist at the Internal Revenue Service in Newark for four years. She married George Tankard of Newark in 1954, and they had six children between 1955 and 1961.

At the time of the urban civil rights riots in Newark in 1967, the Tankards were living in public housing. The violence, fires and store lootings during the two-day disturbance led her family to flee Newark and they relocated on Martha’s Vineyard in the fall of 1967.

While she worked as a dental assistant from 1968 – 2000, Tankard’s civic and community involvements and contributions have been significant and acknowledged across the Island. For thirty-eight years she has served as vice-president of the Martha’s Vineyard Branch of the NAACP, working on memberships, with youth, and chairing the branch’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Dinner. She is the co-founder of the African American Heritage Trail on Martha’s Vineyard, which was established in the early 1990s.

As a lay historian she created African American educational exhibits on Black cowboys and cultural cooking and foods. She has been an active member of the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust. She served for five years on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters and for two years on the board of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospice. She is a former president of a Parent Teacher’s Association, and she has been a volunteer tutor of English for Portuguese immigrants to the island.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her maternal grandfather, George Franklin Kornegay
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes activities in her community as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes family activities and growing up in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes a family vacation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes the sights, sound and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her experience at Miller Street Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes what she was like as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her shop class at South Side High School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her activities at South Side High School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her first job at Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes meeting her husband, George Tankard, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her first years of marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Carrie Camillo Tankard lists and describes her children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes the move to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes race relations in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes the aftermath of the 1967 Newark Riots
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes the family's arrival in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes buying a house in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carrie Camillo Tankard talks about becoming a dental assistant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carrie Camillo Tankard recalls how she became interested in community involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carrie Camillo Tankard talks about her involvement with the NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carrie Camillo Tankard recounts how the Martha's Vineyard NAACP chapter formed
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial dinner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carrie Camillo Tankard details educational activities within the NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes scholarship and legal programs within NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes the African-American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carrie Camillo Tankard details sites on the African-American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes the plans for the African-American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her husband's involvement with the NAACP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes rewards she has received over the years
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carrie Camillo Tankard talks about her interests and activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carrie Camillo Tankard reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carrie Camillo Tankard reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her future plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Carrie Camillo Tankard reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Carrie Camillo Tankard describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Carrie Camillo Tankard narrates her photographs