Oral history interview with Esperanza Osuma and Juanita Laureano
Osuma, Esperanza interviewee
Black Mosaic: community, race, and ethnicity among Black immigrants in Washington, D.C
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Sound recording: 1 sound cassette
The Center for Anacostia Studies was the predecessor of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum research department.
Esperanza Osuma and Juanita Laureano are interviewed about their move from Santo Domingo to Washington, D.C. The women recall how they felt during the trip, how beautiful they thought the country was upon arriving in Miami, and how cold and ugly they found Washington, D.C. to be. They describe themselves as hispanics of color, stating that in the Dominican Republic, people are more conscious of class status than racial status. They remember being treated poorly in Washington for being hispanic and/or colored. An abbreviated transcript of the interview is available for reference in the archives.
An interview of Esperanza Osuma and Juanita Laureano, conducted for the Black Mosaic exhibition. Black Mosaic was an exhibition exploring the immigration of people of African descent from Central and South America and the Caribbean to the Washington Metropolitan Area. The show was organized by the Anacostia Museum and held there from August 21, 1994 through August 7, 1995
Black Mosaic, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution