Audio Recording "When I was working in the factory, I said this is not for me."

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"When I was working in the factory, I said this is not for me."
Contributor Names
Garcia, Luz (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Beauty Shops
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Mari's Hair People (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Luz Garcia, owner of Mari's Hair People.
-  Summary of audio segment: So LG decided this is not for her, went to school, became a hair dresser in 1974, has been for 20 years. Started working with a lady named Esmeralda in Paterson. She has a business. Worked there in 1974, and worked there for 7 years. Decided she needed to get ahead, open own business. Started saving. Esmeralda was supportive, helped LG. Was so good to her, at the last minute LG needed $2,000 to open her own business, and Esmeralda loaned the money to her. She said she wanted to help, because LG was a good worker, and they became like family. 164 LG opened her first shop, on River Street, and had it for 9 years. But neighborhood was getting bad, said it was time for her to move ahead. So sold the business. And LG wanted to get into this (the 21st Avenue) neighborhood, it was a very good neighborhood. And it was [racial?] in the old neighborhood, so decided to go into this area. And has been here 4 years, since 1990. Esmeralda Gomez's shop was on Park Avenue, 47 Park Avenue, and is called Esmeralda's, it's still there. Cango in there and talk to her, she's a very nice person. Always says she's going to retire, but she doesn't. Back then clients were mostly Hispanic, but now clients are mostly Black, because the neighborhood mostly Black. So Esmeralda employs both Hispanic and Black hairdressers.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A025
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Garcia, Luz, and Thomas D Carroll. "When I was working in the factory, I said this is not for me.". -09-14, 1994. Audio.

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Garcia, L. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "When I was working in the factory, I said this is not for me.". -09-14. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Garcia, Luz, and Thomas D Carroll. "When I was working in the factory, I said this is not for me.". -09-14, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.