Interview with Susan Petrow


Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight



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This interview was conducted by Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight with Susan Petrow as part of Project 2020: A Collaborative Oral History. Petrow discusses her experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic and critical year 2020, particularly as a retired American living in the Sun City Carolina Lakes community of Indian Land, SC. She also details her virtual work with H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Effectively), a non-profit organization in Lancaster County, SC, and how it became a medium to escape the monotony of quarantine. Notable topics of conversation include social isolation, vaccination, COVID-19 protocols (masks, social distancing, etc.), social justice efforts, historical monuments, and the slow return to normalcy.

Susan Petrow (b. 1953) is a New Jersey native who moved to Sun City Carolina Lakes in 2014. She has since relocated to the Rehoboth Beach area of Delaware.

Spearheaded by Dr. Dixon-McKnight, an Assistant Professor of History and African American studies at Winthrop University, Project 2020 is best summarized in her words: “The goal was to conduct interviews that explored the various ways in which Americans were experiencing and being impacted by the various watershed moments that emerged during 2020 (the global pandemic, social unrest, financial challenges, issues with healthcare, etc.)."

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COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020, Social Isolation, Vaccination, Social Justice, Virtualization, Sun City Carolina Lakes

Interview with Susan Petrow