Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum worked with Breakthrough's Film Crew, a group of nine young people from East Garfield Park and other West Side communities, to conduct these interviews. Breakthrough and the East Garfield Park Youth Collaborative recruited most of the narrators. Fred McGee was born in Chicago in the late 1950s. He grew up in East Garfield Park and attended Beidler Elementary and Westinghouse High School. He volunteered for the U.S. Navy. When he returned, he met and later settled with his wife on the West Side.