Oral Histories of Colombian Textile Workers in Greenville, SC

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Sofía Kearns


Sofía Kearns


Video interview with Mercedes Gomez. Mercedes Gomez came to the United States in 1969. She begins her oral history talking about her time working at Woodside Mill, in Greenville, SC. Mercedes shares the story of her time in Colombia before coming to the U.S., how she came to New York, and then later, Greenville. She speaks about the social life with other Colombians in the Greenville area, details her work in the mill, and talks about how Greenville has changed over the years since her arrival. She also compares her time in New York to her time in Greenville, shares some scary experiences, and tells how she lived in fear during some of those years before she got her visa.

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Faculty Scholarship, Student Scholarship




Greenville (S.C)


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Mercedes Gomez