Von Bakanic

Von Bakanic is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew up hearing the vernacular terms for the many ethnic and immigrant groups that came to work in the industrial mills that lined the Allegany and Monongahela Rivers. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina during her childhood where she had two new experiences. She learned she was a "Yankee," even though she was not from New England and she interacted with African Americans for the first time. History conspired to peak her interest...See more