Oral Histories of Colombian Textile Workers in Greenville, SC
 

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Charlie Lott; Sofía Kearns

Transcriptionists

Charlie Lott; Sofía Kearns

Abstract

Video interview with Jimmy Palacio and Luis Fernando López. Jimmy Palacio was born in Jericó, Antioquia, Colombia, and came to the United States in 1997, first to New York and New Jersey, then to South Carolina. Luis Fernando López was born in Itagüí, Antioquia, Colombia, and came to the United States when he was 16. Luis' father emigrated first and was a textile producer in Rhode Island in the 70's. He brought his family later, and when Luis arrived he started working in the restaurant business there. When Luis was older he moved his family to Greenville, SC, where he met his great friend Jimmy Palacio. Jimmy Palacio opened "Cositas Ricas," the first Colombian restaurant in Greenville, where the two men met. Throughout the interview the two discuss why they, and many other Colombians, came to Greenville, SC. They discuss their friendship, opening businesses, their families, and the Greenville Colombian community. They credit the Greenville textile industry and the Colombians that came before them to work in the industry for such a great Colombian community in the Greenville area. The men close the interview speaking about their return to Colombia and what they are doing now.

Scholarship Type

Faculty Scholarship, Student Scholarship

Date

8-27-2021

Location

Greenville, SC

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Jimmy Palacio and Luis Fernando López

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