Tuckson has experienced much in her lifetime as a resident of
So much in the city has changed and developed since her birth and luckily she has been around long enough to recount some of the city’s amazing history and her involvement in it.
Tuckson was born in Freeman’s Hospital, one of D.C.’s first black hospitals, and has resided in N.W. for most of her years. She returned many years later to the hospital actually to work as a nurse. While working there she met her husband Dr. Tuckson.
During War World War II she remembers serving in a cadet nursing program. She was one of the first black nurses to see a white patient in the Visiting Nurses Program. Now, content in her retirement from nursing, Tuckson enjoys
creating dollsand crystal figurines, other arts and crafts, and traveling with her husband.
Racial discrimination is something she remembers encountering often in D.C. The schools she attended as a child were segregated. She also remembers many of the clubs in the city being segregated.
One of the most vivid experiences of integration was being the first black family on their block located on upper 13th Street N.W. She also recalls the problems she encountered in having to raise her son in a segregated society.
She remembered very fondly the good times she had as a young women living in the city. She would attend house parties, although according to her “not too many”. Tuckson also frequented clubs and restaurants on U St. She also remembers one of D.C.’s historical landmarks, the Howard Theater. She noted how they had all sorts of entertainment there such as jazz, comedians, and movies.