East of East

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

A Project of the South El Monte Arts Posse

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Summary: Lily Laredo has lived her entire life in El Monte. Daughter of Vincent and Concha Rojas, she grew up in Hicks camp in the 1940’s and 50’s. In this interview she recounts life in Hicks Camp, the youth culture of the 1950’s, and her…

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The Ramos family arrived in El Monte’s Medina Court in the early 20th century. The family patriarch, Nicolas Cervantes built a successful walnut business and became the richest person in El Monte and was greatly respected in the community and out.…

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Summary: Ernie Gutierrez has spent a lifetime navigating the politics of El Monte. In this three-part interview he talks about segregation, the school system, problems of discrimination that Mexicans have faced through the generations in the city. He…

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Abstract: This wide-ranging, two-hour-long group interview began with the oral history of the Kizh-Gabrieleño band of Mission Indians (self-described) from their settlement of the San Gabriel Valley through the missions and conquests of the Spanish,…

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Abstract: Thelma’s father was born raised in Hicks Camp to Mexican immigrants, and her parents migrated within California for agricultural work. He was a photographer who developed his own photos, many of which hang in La Historia. Both of her…

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Abstract: This was a somewhat impromptu interview that began when Olga (who was overseeing walk-in oral histories at La Historia) began speaking about her experiences as an educator with me (I had just returned from UCLA, which prompted the…

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Summary: Vincent Rojas grew up in Hicks Camp. His family was from Sonora and Guanajuato Mexico, agriculture migrants. Descriptions of life in Hicks Camp and El Monte from the post-war period. Was one of few Mexican students to graduate high school,…

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Summary: Felix Ramos has living in El Monte his entire life. Growing up in Hicks Camp in the 1940’s and 50’s he remembers the conditions of the Mexican workers who made their lives there. He was raised by his God-parents who owned a convenience…
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