About Viva Mi Historia

On September 26 and October 17, 2015, a team of researchers with the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project at TCU - Texas Christian University interviewed dozens of Fort Worth residents at a pair of events sponsored by the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Unit.  The result is Viva Mi Historia: The Story of Fort Worth Latino Families. The purpose of the project was to collect and curate an inclusive history of Latino Fort Worth told from the perspective of the residents who lived it. Under the direction of Dr. Max Krochmal of TCU, the interviewers -- graduate students from surrounding institutions -- captured memoirs and testimonies from forty-three veterans of foreign wars, activists, retired professionals, social workers, laborers, school administrators, business owners, and educators.  Each of the interviewees shared personal stories that spanned from recollections of the Great Depression and World War II to the Civil Rights movement and Reagan revolution.  They told family tales of immigration from the first massive wave sparked by the Mexican Revolution in 1910 to the most recent stimulated by the North American Free Trade Agrement (NAFTA) in the 1990s. Segments of those interviews have been woven into six multi-media essays organized by theme: Migration, the Barrios, Schools & Churches, Activism & Public Service, Work & Entrepreneurship, and Arts & Culture

 

In the essay pages that follow, visitors are able to hear many different voices telling their own stories.  There are segments drawn from dozens of interviews, including the following examples: Joel Zapata, Ph.D. student at Southern Methodist University, talked with Victor Espino, an activist in the current battle for immigrant rights. Moisés Acuña-Gurrola, a recent graduate of the University of North Texas now pursuing a doctorate at TCU, conversed with Santiago Diaz, Mexican-born World War-II veteran whose family fled the turmoil in Mexico brought upon by the 1910 to 1920 revolution. Texas Christian University’s Katherine Bynum spoke with siblings Josie Rivera and John Mendoza, longtime employees of Bell Helicopter, on the challenges facing organized labor in North Texas while Osmin Hernández of Texas Christian University’s master’s program recorded a conversation with Martha Morolez de Anda, the first Latina to hold a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University.  These and many other full interviews that were collected will be available on the Fort Worth Public Library Digital Archives.

 

On behalf of the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, we hope that the content provided on this site delivers a well-rounded understanding of Fort Worth as a city enmeshed in the trends common across the American Southwest as well as a city with its own unique and multifaceted history. View images taken at the interview events in the gallery below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latino Americans Event 19-4573

Latino Americans Event 19-4573

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Ernest Gutierrez

Ernest Gutierrez

Photograph by Moisés Acuña-Gurrola, Oct 17, 2015.

Lucia Marquez and Enosencia Villegas

Lucia Marquez and Enosencia Villegas

Photograph by Moisés Acuña-Gurrola, Oct 17, 2015.

Chris Contreras and Emerico Perez

Chris Contreras and Emerico Perez

Photograph by Moisés Acuña-Gurrola, Oct 17, 2015.

Juanita Salinas

Juanita Salinas

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Domingo Villegas

Domingo Villegas

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Domingo Villegas

Domingo Villegas

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Domingo Villegas

Domingo Villegas

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Domingo Villegas

Domingo Villegas

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Domingo Villegas

Domingo Villegas

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 86-4819

Latino Americans Event 86-4819

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 85-4815

Latino Americans Event 85-4815

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 84-4802

Latino Americans Event 84-4802

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 83-4797

Latino Americans Event 83-4797

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 82-4806

Latino Americans Event 82-4806

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Rosa Gomez

Rosa Gomez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Max Krochmal

Max Krochmal

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Max Krochmal

Max Krochmal

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Juanita Salinas

Juanita Salinas

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Juanita Salinas

Juanita Salinas

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Juanita Salinas

Juanita Salinas

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Juanita Salinas

Juanita Salinas

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Rosa Gomez

Rosa Gomez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Rosa Gomez

Rosa Gomez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Rosa Gomez

Rosa Gomez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 70-4759

Latino Americans Event 70-4759

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 69-4757

Latino Americans Event 69-4757

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 68-4756

Latino Americans Event 68-4756

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 67-4755

Latino Americans Event 67-4755

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 66-4754

Latino Americans Event 66-4754

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 58-4729

Latino Americans Event 58-4729

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 59-4731

Latino Americans Event 59-4731

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 60-4735

Latino Americans Event 60-4735

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 61-4742

Latino Americans Event 61-4742

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 62-4744

Latino Americans Event 62-4744

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 63-4748

Latino Americans Event 63-4748

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Rosa Gomez

Rosa Gomez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Rosa Gomez

Rosa Gomez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 57-4728

Latino Americans Event 57-4728

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 56-4716

Latino Americans Event 56-4716

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Cirilo Perez

Cirilo Perez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Cirilo Perez

Cirilo Perez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Ernest Rodriguez

Ernest Rodriguez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Ernest Rodriguez

Ernest Rodriguez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Cirilo Perez

Cirilo Perez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Cirilo Perez

Cirilo Perez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Ernest Rodriguez and Cirilo Perez

Ernest Rodriguez and Cirilo Perez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Ernest Rodriguez and Cirilo Perez

Ernest Rodriguez and Cirilo Perez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Lanette Martinez

Lanette Martinez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 42-4668

Latino Americans Event 42-4668

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Lanette Martinez

Lanette Martinez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 43-4669

Latino Americans Event 43-4669

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 41-4666

Latino Americans Event 41-4666

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 40-4665

Latino Americans Event 40-4665

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Rosa Navejar

Rosa Navejar

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 38-4651

Latino Americans Event 38-4651

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 37-4647

Latino Americans Event 37-4647

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 36-4636

Latino Americans Event 36-4636

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 35-4629

Latino Americans Event 35-4629

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 34-4625

Latino Americans Event 34-4625

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 26-4591

Latino Americans Event 26-4591

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Juan Daniel Garcia

Juan Daniel Garcia

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Juan Daniel Garcia

Juan Daniel Garcia

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Sharon Herrera

Sharon Herrera

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Rosa Navejar

Rosa Navejar

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 25-4600

Latino Americans Event 25-4600

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 24-4585

Latino Americans Event 24-4585

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 23-4587

Latino Americans Event 23-4587

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 22-4583

Latino Americans Event 22-4583

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 21-4581

Latino Americans Event 21-4581

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 20-4579

Latino Americans Event 20-4579

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 18-4571

Latino Americans Event 18-4571

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Luis Flores

Luis Flores

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Luis Flores

Luis Flores

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Luis Flores

Luis Flores

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Luis Flores

Luis Flores

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Luis Flores

Luis Flores

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Luis Flores

Luis Flores

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Luis Flores

Luis Flores

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Luis Flores

Luis Flores

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Rey M. Martinez

Rey M. Martinez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Rey M. Martinez

Rey M. Martinez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Rey M. Martinez

Rey M. Martinez

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 8-4544

Latino Americans Event 8-4544

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 17-4570

Latino Americans Event 17-4570

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 44-4672

Latino Americans Event 44-4672

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

Latino Americans Event 45-4673

Latino Americans Event 45-4673

Photograph by the Hutson Creative, Sept 26, 2015.

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