The first comprehensive book chronicling the history of Latinos in Rhode Island

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n 1956, the Rosarios came to Providence and opened the first Hispanic food market in Rhode Island. This Dominican family’s move signaled a new era of Latin American migration for the Ocean State. In the mid-1960s, Guatemalans came to Rhode Island as refugees from the dirty war at home, and Puerto Ricans arrived in the 1920s looking for agricultural work. From the Colombian factory workers who settled in Central Falls in the mid-1960s to the Cubans who fled Castro’s revolution in the 1950s and 1960s, Latin Americans were flocking to the coastal towns and quaint neighborhoods of Rhode Island looking for brighter futures and a place to call home. Join author Marta V. Martínez as she turns a collection of oral histories into a fascinating story of the birth of Rhode Island’s vibrant Latino community.

• A publication featuring a collection of stories recorded over the past 20 years by Marta V. Martínez, local oral historian and Executive Director of Rhode Island Latino Arts.
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Funds for the collection and digitalization of 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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About the Author

NOTE: Marta and her Latino history book were featured in the Providence Journal on October 14, 2014. Read the article here
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Marta V. Martínez is of Mexican heritage and was raised in El Paso, Texas. She is fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language.

She is a graduate of Providence College. She has a minor in Broadcast Journalism and a Masters degree in print Journalism from George Washington University.

Marta was the Director of Publications at the Rhode Island Historical Society. She also served as the Executive Director of the Hispanic Social Service Association of RI (which later became the Center for Hispanic Policy & Advocacy or CHisPA) and as the Director of Communications at Progreso Latino in Central Falls, RI.

Marta founded the Hispanic Heritage Committee of RI in 1988 and served as the Founding Chair until 2013, at which time she was hired as Executive Director of the organization (now called RI Latino Arts). She is the founder of the Latino Oral History Project of RI and is a member of the National Oral History Association, the National Storytellers Network and the American Folklife Society.

She was Coordinator/Developer of Coming to Rhode Island – "Fefa's Market" Dominican Gallery, an exhibition based on the oral history project of Dominicans in Rhode Island at The Providence Children’s Museum in Providence, RI. She was also Coordinator/Co-Curator of an exhibition at The Rhode Island Foundation gallery in Providence, RI on Latino History of Rhode Island in 2004, which was based on Nuestras Raíces.
Staff
Project Director: Marta V. Martínez
Project Assistant: Eduardo Roblres
Project Assistant: Bárbara Elmúdesi
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Nuestras Raíces
@ Rhode Island Latino Arts

393 Broad Street • Suite 106
Providence, RI
info@nuestrasraicesri.org
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RI State Employees can designate the Hispanic Heritage Committee of RI - our parent organization - for donation through SECA. Visit our Contribute webpage for more details.