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Oral history interview with Juana Campos

Creator:
Campos, Juana interviewee
Black Mosaic: community, race, and ethnicity among Black immigrants in Washington, D.C
Subject:
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Physical description:
Sound recording: 1 sound cassette
Sound recording: 1 sound disk CD-R
Sound recording: 1 sound disk CD-R
Culture:
African American
Hispanic Americans
Dominican
Type:
Sound recordings
Oral history
Interviews
Place:
Dominican Republic
Date:
1975
Notes:
The Center for Anacostia Studies was the predecessor of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum research department.
Summary:
Juana Campos is interviewed about her childhood and schooling in the Dominican Republic and her memories of immigrating and adjusting to life in Washington, D.C. Campos recalls journeying to D.C. on a boat and finding the city very beautiful and clean when she arrived in 1940, just before the start of World War II. She discusses the Trujillo era in the Dominican Republic, which prevented her from visiting Santo Domingo for a long time. Campos explains that she had never experienced discrimination prior to moving to the U.S., and that she was shocked to see that the races were "separated like victims of tuberculosis," with whites and blacks living and working apart. She also discusses the Latino American community in D.C., including the community gatherings she attended regularly at a fellow Dominican woman's home and the annual fiesta for the patron saint of the Dominican Republic, which Campos first organized in 1950. An abbreviated transcript of the interview is available for reference in the archives.
An interview of Juana Campos, 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
Cite as:
Black Mosaic, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Immigrants
Museum exhibits
Discrimination
Local number:
AV000746
AV000864
AV000865
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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