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Oral history interview with Francia Almarante

Creator:
Almarante, Francia 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
Type:
Sound recordings
Oral history
Interviews
Date:
1975
Notes:
The Center for Anacostia Studies was the predecessor of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum research department.
Summary:
Francia Almarante is interviewed about adjusting to life in the U.S. after immigrating the Washington, D.C. She recalls working nights cleaning offices to put herself through school so she could learn English, and then working as a babysitter to put herself through beauty school at the D.C. Beauty Academy. Almarante then got a job at a salon in Georgetown, where she was the only Spanish-speaking person, but she felt comfortable nonetheless. She built a clientele base of mostly blacks and whites, and she states that she only started building a latino clientele after opening her own salon the the Mt. Pleasant area. An abbreviated transcript of the interview is available for reference in the archives.
An interview of Francia Almarante, 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
Local number:
AV000755
AV000889
AV000890
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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