Interview with Juan J. González on April 8, 2016, Segment 1

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

González talks about his mother, Ramona Martínez González, a pioneer of the Puerto Rican community in Camden in its beginnings—the 1940s and 1950s. Ramona arrived in Camden in 1947 [1948] from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. She joined her husband, Juan José González Vázquez, who moved to Camden from Mayagüez in 1944 to work in the Campbell’s Soup Factory. Within a few years of her arrival, Ramona helped found the Asociación Puertorriqueña, one of Camden’s first Puerto Rican civic organizations. Her work developed through the Our Lady of Fatima Church, the first Puerto Rican/Latino Catholic parish in Camden, which Ramona helped establish. She was a founding member of the San Juan Bautista Parade and served as Parade Coordinator for many years. Ramona was active in many grassroots organizations. Gonzalez discusses elsewhere Ramona’s involvement in Community Organizations for Puerto Rican Affairs (COPRA), the Movement to Improve and Rehabilitate Areas (MIRA), La Coperativa, El Museo del Pueblo, and the Puerto Rican Unity for Progress (PRUP). Ramona González’ excellence in community leadership was honored with a street named after her, posthumously, in 1997. [Please see our textual archives]


Date
April 8, 2016, Date created
Interviewee
Juan J. González (lawyer)
Interviewer
Elizabeth A. Burbach Gallardo
Duration
2m 58.0s
Location of interview

Interview Location: Camden, NJ

Language
English
Object Type
Moving Image
Identifier
JJG.2016.04.08.1
Related Keywords
Activism, Church, Community leaders, Community-based organizations
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Ramona Martínez González, Juan José González Vázquez, La Asociación Puertorriqueña, San Juan Bautista Parade, Our Lady Of Fatima Church
Related Places
Camden, NJ (interview location), Mayagüez, PR (is referenced), Camden, NJ (is referenced)
Related Dates
1944, Date mentioned
1947, Date mentioned
1948, Date mentioned
1950s, Date mentioned
1957, Date mentioned
Citation
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Juan J. González on April 8, 2016, Segment 1: JJG.2016.04.08.1. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 23 Oct 2019.
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