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RI Latino Pioneers: Roberto González, first Latino judge in RI; Astrid (Toledo) Morales, one of first Guatemalan families in RI; James Diossa, first Latino mayor in Central Falls; Gilberto García, early Mexican lace worker; Rev. Juán Francisco, co-founder of the first HPAC; Tessie Salabert, one of the first Cuban families in RI; José González, one of the founders of the student group LASO; Angel Tavera, first Latino mayor in RI; Josefina “Doña Fefa” Rosario, Mother of the Hispanic Community of RI; Pedro Cano, Sr. one of the first Colombians in RI.
Rhode Island's Latinos are very diverse. They come from various Latin American countries and hold important positions in the political, business, education, health and arts communities. Rhode Island Latinos are often referred to as a “young” community, and that does not refer to their age, but to the year in which they arrived and planted their feet firmly on Rhode Island soil, saying: “We are here to live, work, go to school and contribute as much as possible to this country.”

As you read through this website, you can learn more about the Latino Oral History Project of Rhode Island and how you can participate. We are looking for volunteers to conduct interviews, as well as for anyone who would be willing to contribute his or her story. Click here to fill out a preliminary form and tell us your story, or click on the "Contact Us" button on the top, right if you would like to volunteer to do an interview.
About Us. The Latino Oral History Project of RI (Nuestras Raíces) was started in 1991 and is managed by Rhode Island Latino Arts. It is a collection of the stories and lives of Rhode Island’s Spanish-speaking pioneers. Our research is on-going and more stories will be added.

The Latino Oral History Project of RI encourages Latinos of all ages to tape, video or write down their own and other people's life stories.

Educators. We offer workshops and presentations to youth groups, community groups and schools about our project featuring the history of Latinos in RI. These presentations can be tailored to run from one to three hours. For more information, click on the "Contact Us" button on the top, right.
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We are proud to be recipients of the Latino Americans: 500 Years (LA500) grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about the upcoming forum about the relationship between Cuba and the U.S.
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Nuestras Historias is our blog page, where we post the latest stories and news about Latino history in RI. Go here
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Still Available!

Order your copy today! Attend or schedule a book talk! For details, go here

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Coming Soon! Look for this historical marker near the original Fefa’s Market on Broad Street.
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• Guía Virtual Bilingüe
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Listen and watch videos of Rhode Island Latino Voices. Go here
Permission to Reproduce: Some materials presented in these collections may be subject to the terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, publicity rights, privacy rights, licensing and trademarks. Go here for more information

Nuestras Raíces Project Director: Marta V. Martínez • Interviews & Audio Editor: Mary Quintas
Latino History Walking Tour Developer & Audio Editor: Molly Kerker • Audio & Photo Digitization Editor: José Youngs
Project Assistants Community Stories: Doris López and Rodrigo Pimentel
Project Assistants Leviton Dual Language School: Eduardo Robles & Bárbara Elmúdesi • Teacher: Perla McGuinnes
Project Coordinator, LA500: Marianne Ruggiero

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Funds for the Cuban Stories oral histories have been made possible with a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

And also with a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, ADDD Fund.
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Learn more about LA500 activities made possible in part with funds from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
Go here
Latino history in RI is pleased to partner with Rhode Island PBS to share Rhode Island Latino Voices on their station.
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Nuestras Raíces is a project of Rhode Island Latino Arts.
For more about RI Latino Arts, visit this website: www.rilatinoarts.org

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Some materials presented in these collections may be subject to the terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, publicity rights, privacy rights, licensing and trademarks. Go here for more information