Dolores Garza oral history interview, 2011
Date: 2011 |
Audio recording and text transcription for a Latino oral history event that was held at Joyner Library on April 10, 2011. Ms. Garza tells how she left her father's ranch in Mexico to join her husband and children, evading border guards in Arizona and walking for miles through the desert. She has worked in Florida picking oranges, and in Washington, N.C. cutting roses, traveling up and down the East Coast as a migrant agricultural laborer. She settled in Eastern North Carolina so her children could have stable schooling, although hopes to return to Mexico. She describes the difficulties of being undocumented, particularly with obtaining health care and medication for diabetes, and the difficult life in the fields. Recently she began a group called Women Without Borders, a community organization which provides farm workers with food and gardening assistance. The interview forms part of the Latino Oral History Archive, and was conducted by Drs. Ricardo Contreras (Anthropology, ECU) and David Griffith (Anthropology and Coastal Science and Policy, ECU) with funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council. more...