Gateways/Portales: Interview with Lauren Cavins and Two Mothers

Object Details

Anacostia Community Museum
Scope and Contents
Lauren Cavins, director of Children's Ministries at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church and director of La Escuelita Bilingual Preschool, talked about her family and where they lived; growing up in Mississippi; when and where she learned Spanish; arrival in Charlotte, North Carolina; and how Charlotte has changed since her arrival. Cavins talked about how she first became involved in the Latino community; the networks she created and building community; how she created a home at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church for Latinos; and Latino outreach and inclusion at Holy Comforter. She also spoke about starting the ESL program at Holy Comforter; how the growth of Latino community at Holy Comforter changed the church and the community; mission trips to Latin America - faith, education, and service; the inspiration for La Escuelita preschool; how community issues (state IDs, voting, public education, ICE raids, and banking) show themselves in the church; and her role as the chairperson for the Chartered Committee for Hispanic Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of NC and the work of the organization. Cavins is not Latina. Following Cavins' interview, two women - Rossana Guzman and Iris Dominguez - were interviewed separately and answered similar questions, particularly about where they have lived and their experience living in Charlotte, North Carolina; the interviews with Guzman and Dominguez are in Spanish. Dominquez was born in Honduras, and lived in Jersey City, New Jersey prior to her arrival in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clips of Lauren Cavins' interview was included in the 'Church as Safe Space' section of the exhibition.
Interview in English and Spanish. Lauren Cavins' interview in English. The two mothers' interview in Spanish. Mothers' names: Rossana Guzman and Iris Dominguez. Related to exhibition 'Gateways/Portales.' The MP4 video files are grouped with related SMI files, PPN files, XML documents, and BIM files. Dated 20160323.
2016 March 23
58 Video recordings (MP4 Video (.MP4), born digital)
1 Sound recording (MP3 Sound Recording )
Archival materials
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Hispanic Americans
Latin Americans -- United States
Washington (D.C.)
Baltimore (Md.)
Charlotte (N.C.)
Raleigh (N.C.)
United States
Collection Rights
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Gateways/Portales: Interview with Lauren Cavins and 2 Mothers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
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