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June 2005

Drusilla Nixon, El Paso
“When they first build these drive-in theatres, we said, ‘Surely we [black people] can go in. We’ll be sitting in our car just like we are on the street.’ So we came out to the ……Drive-In Theatre. Just as we got up to the ticket office the man said, ‘You all can’t go in. You’ll have to go on out.’ Well, we had just come back from
New York, and of course there we went to the opera and the theatres and saw all the shows. The kids started crying, ‘What’s the matter with them? We went to the show in New York, why can’t we go to the show in El Paso?’ It was hard not to tell them why not.”

María Elena García Connolly, El Paso

“We must have been a very advanced family, ideologically, because I had gone to college. In those days [the 1930s], Mexican girls, a lot of them, didn’t go to high school. I remember when my mother sent me to high school that these friends of mine told Mama, “That’s wasted money. What is she going to serve her husband? Algebra? Chemistry?”


May 2005

The Honorable Raymond L. Telles, El Paso
“Many people would come to me and say, “Ray, you’ve been a wonderful County Clerk. If you want to be re-elected 1,000 times, why I’m sure we’ll re-elect you as the County Clerk and you can be there in office for the rest of your life. But as mayor, that’s something else.’ The idea of someone by the name of Telles representing [the city] throughout the country, particularly in Texas – that was one of the problems. That was the first time that anybody [with a Spanish surname] dared run for the office of mayor of a major city [like El Paso].”



Gen. (Ret.) S.L.A. Marshall, El Paso

El Paso had …a unique advantage. This was a stopping point for opera companies and for theatre groups and so on, and also a stopping point for people who wanted to break a railway journey between the East and West Coast. This had quite an influence on the culture of the city. We would get, for instance, the Chicago Opera Company – an attraction that a city of this size was not entitled to; but it was just a convenient break. We’d get the Mexican Tipica Orchestra and the Mexican Army Military Band, and so on. All those kinds of attractions came to El Paso.”

April 2005

Rosa Guerrero Interview # 611 March/April 1983
...My grandmother gave us so much, especially during the revolution and how she suffered and how they died and how they came about to come to Juarez, and then eventually to El Paso. Later on, my mother had to work as domestic help because she didn’t know English and she didn’t have an education such. That was not bad, because at least we were educated, the seven of us were educated. She met my father here in El Paso and married him. Consequently, all of us are here. There’s only five left, two have passed away. My childhood was very exciting because we would get to México and immerse immediately in the culture every summer.

Eduardo Rivero April 11, 1974

... Cuando  fumigaban la ropa con vapor y yo no vi pero dicen que a los presos les, en vez de agua les ponían algo así como petróleo en la cabeza por los animales, los piojos, y dicen que por eso creen que haya sido la causa del incendio en la cárcel...


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