Antonio Ramirez – A History of Latino Elgin

This project aims to document and disseminate the history of Latinx Elgin through the voices of its residents. Inequity can take many forms, including but not limited to, racial, economic, or gender-based inequities. However, cultural inequities, like failing to be represented in the stories a community tells about its past and future, are also powerful.  

For too long, Latinas and Latinos in Elgin–including Mexicans, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans and other caribeños, and Central and South Americans–have been inequitably represented in the stories our community tells about its past and future. By recording oral histories of local Latinx residents and making them available in a public way through a website and a public event, this project aims to address cultural inequity in Elgin’s history. 

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