the GATES project

In the spring of 1932 my grandparents awakened their four children in the middle of the night, piled into a model-T Ford pick up truck, and abruptly left their home in New York City for Canada.

They abandoned everything - driving into a life of crushing rural poverty in the Appalachians of Quebec and northern New Brunswick.

New York was rarely spoken of again.

My name is Sonja Koenig.

I am a Canadian journalist on a search for answers:  about why they fled 851 Gates Avenue.

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