Oral Histories of Colombian Textile Workers in Greenville, SC

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Charlie Lott; Sofía Kearns


Charlie Lott; Sofía Kearns


Video interview with Rocío and Jamie Gutiérrez. Rocío is from Medellín, Colombia, and she came to the United States on July 27, 1975, first to Miami, then Chicago before she finally made her way to Greenville, SC. Jamie Gutiérrez was already in New York at that time and he came to Greenville in 1976. The two met in Greenville and married. Rocío and Jamie talk about their lives working in the Greenville area textile industry. They discuss their different jobs in different mills. They talk about the hard work, the many hours, and the relationships with their American coworkers. They tell of the Latin American community in the area, and working and raising a family in Greenville. Rocío and Jamie also discuss how they moved on from textiles after the industry started to decline.

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Greenville, SC


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Rocío and Jamie Gutiérrez