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http://workfiles.buffalolib.org/JoseColon.mp3
This interview with Jose Colon took place on July 23, 2013 at his home in West Seneca, NY and was conducted by Stephanie Bucalo. The interview is very difficult to understand at times, but his daughter helped share some information about both of…

http://workfiles.buffalolib.org/VidalRodriguez.mp3
This interview took place in Vidal’s home in Buffalo, NY. Alma Carrillo conducted the interview. Vidal was born September 22, 1931. He came to Buffalo originally from Puerto Rico looking for more opportunity. He arrived in Western New York in 1951,…

http://workfiles.buffalolib.org/NivianRodriguezPerez.mp3
This interview with Nivian Rodriguez Perez took place on October 24, 2013 in Buffalo, NY and was conducted by Stephanie Bucalo. Nivian Rodriguez Perez was born in Puerto Rico but moved to Buffalo in 1952 when she was 9 years old. She was placed in a…

http://workfiles.buffalolib.org/MarcelinaRodriguezRondon.mp3
This interview with Marcelina Rodriguez Rondon took place on September 16, 2013 in Amherst, New York and was conducted by Stephanie Bucalo. Marcelina was born in Puerto Rico but came to Lackawanna with her parents in search of better employment…

http://workfiles.buffalolib.org/HHCphoto_LittleSpain.jpg
Little Spain Restaurant – Owned by Jose and Carmen Perez of the Spanish American Welfare Association – This restaurant was located on Wilkesbarry Street, Lackawanna, NY 14218 Circa 1950s – and was one of the first Spanish Restaurants/Bars in…

http://workfiles.buffalolib.org/HHCphoto_LaMayaguesana.jpg
La Mayagüesana Delicatessen, Jose Rullan – Proprietor – Circa 1965 – one of the first Latin American grocery stores to bring Spanish products to the early Puerto Rican/Migrant community. This business was located at 173 Ridge Road Lackawanna,…

http://workfiles.buffalolib.org/HHCphoto_MercedesBessieMendez01.jpg
During World War II, women occupied the jobs that men who were fighting in the war once took. Mercedes "Bessie" Mendez was one of the women in the community who worked at Bethlehem Steel during the war. Once the war ended, the men returned to the…

http://workfiles.buffalolib.org/HHCphoto_RodriguezBarbershop.jpg
This barbershop was one of the first Hispanic owned businesses in the community. Felix Magui Rodriguez to this day still has the chair from his barber shop.

http://workfiles.buffalolib.org/HHCphoto_RaulRussiPicsPoliceofficerdaysPage1.jpg
Raul Russi was the first Puerto Rican police officer in the City of Buffalo. He became a political activist and helped elect the first Hispanic judge in the City's history. He served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Erie County Correctional…

http://workfiles.buffalolib.org/PedroMauras.mp3
Pedro Maurás was born in Puerto Rico and worked on a sugar plantation until he received notice from his brother that there were well paying jobs in Buffalo. Pedro migrated to Buffalo without a formal education but eventually found employment on a…
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