Randy Clark

Country of Origin:

United States

Themes:

Citizenship, Black History/African Heritage, Citizenship, Immigration, Black History/African Heritage, Identity & Heritage, Adjusting to Life in Canada

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In this audio segment, Randy talks about his family’s settlement in Strathcona, his grandmother’s restaurant, “Vie’s Chicken and Steak House”, and life in Hogan’s Alley in the sixties. He also talks about the strength of the Black community in Hogan’s Alley and what the loss of Hogan’s Alley has meant to him personally.


Story

Born in San Francisco, California, Randy Clark moved to Vancouver with his mother and four siblings in 1965, when he was twelve. His family roots in BC reach back to 1858 when the first group of black settlers (from Missouri via California) arrived in Victoria / Salt Spring Island, BC. Randy fondly recalls spending time working at his grandmother’s restaurant, the renowned Vie’s Chicken and Steakhouse, located for over 30 years on Union Street in Hogan’s Alley. He describes Vie’s as a popular, bustling and dynamic restaurant, where people from all different walks of life came to enjoy good food. Randy also fondly remembers the presence of his grandmother and mother, noting their influence on customers who frequented the restaurant. Randy notes that while developmental pressures resulted in the physical deterioration of Hogan’s Alley, it remained a place where people were as friendly and giving as ever. A seasoned educator (retired) of the Vancouver school system, Randy continues to advocate for more in depth public understanding of Hogan’s Alley through his involvement in the Hogan’s Alley Working Group and other initiatives.