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Oral History Interview with Fred Aguilar, July 12 2016

Description: Fred Aguilar was born in 1950 in a small barrio located in the affluent Alamo Heights neighborhood of San Antonio. His father's determination along with his his mother's dedication to volunterism provided him the fortitude to not only survive the discrimintation he witnessed in his youth, but to also become an community activist in both Houston and Baytown. After the Jose Campos Torres case sparked Aguilar's participation in the Houston Chicana/o Movement, he would move to Baytown where he became involved in the West Baytown Civic Assocation, the United Concerned Citizens of Baytown, gang prevention, and the co-founding of the Promise Center. He talks about how the Jose Campos Torres case outraged the Houston Chicana/o community, how he tackled gang graffiti and worked with youth on mural projects through the West Baytown Civic Association, how African Americans and Mexican Americans in Baytown came together to address police brutality after the brutal death of Luis Alfonso Torres, and how the Promise Center is committed to serving the community through child, youth, and adult programming. Aguilar also speaks about the importance of gang prevention endeavors, particularly in the area of art and culture.
Date: July 12, 2016
Creator: Aguilar, Fred; Enriquez, Sandra & Rodriguez, Samantha
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Eva Benevides, July 20, 2016

Description: Eva Benavides was born in 1952 in Baytown. She attended Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary, the Baytown Mexican School, and witnessed segregation in her youth. She experienced a culture shock when she attended the integrated Baytown Junior High. Inspired by her mother's and father's dedication to helping others, Benavides served as a Baytown City Councilwoman and became involved in the West Baytown Civic Association. The Luis Alfonso Torres police brutality case galvanized her and others to forge a cross-racial coalition (United Concerned Citizens of Baytown) to hold the police department accountable. Benavides talks about how Mexican Americans were situated in a segregated Baytown, the importance of Fiesta Patrias, her involvement in the PTO, her determination to become a city councilwoman and her experiences as an Mexican American female representative for a single member district, how she bodly held the Baytown Police Department accountable for the Luis Alfonso Torres case when other Mexican American representative refused to speak out, and cross-racial efforts to address police brutality. She also discusses gentrification and how her community lacks businesses and grocery stores, how she taught citizenship classes for many years, the role of Exxon in Baytown, and how city council representatives have to address race as well as other sensitive issues.
Date: July 20, 2016
Creator: Benavides, Eva; Enriquez, Sandra & Rodriguez, Samantha
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Jean Shepherd, Leon Warner, Fletcher Hickerson, 1983

Description: Interview with Jean Shepherd, Leon Warner, Fletcher Hickerson, residents of the Baytown area during Hurricane Alicia. All three women answer questions and elaborate on their experiences during and after Hurricane Alicia causing major damage in the surrounding area.
Date: 1983
Creator: Mayo, Martha; Shepherd, Jean; Warner, Leon & Hickerson, Fletcher
Partner: Lee College

Oral History Interview with Virginia Moreno, April 17, 1980

Description: Interview with Virginia Moreno, a resident of Baytown, Texas since approximately 1920. Topics include history of Zamora and Moreno families, family history in early Texas and Baytown, courtship of Virginia and Joe Moreno, segregated schools in Baytown, Texas Rangers,Mexican citizens support of Texans against Santa Anna, and founding of Cuahutemoc
Date: April 17, 1980
Creator: Homberger, Myra & Moreno, Virginia
Partner: Lee College

Oral History Interview with William T. Busch, 1979

Description: Interview with William T. Busch, a resident of Baytown, Texas since approximately 1920. Topics include his early life and youth in Cedar Bayou, his early employment, and his involvement in World War I, employment in banking institutions of Baytown, TX, development of Goose Creek after the oil field boom, and the effects of the Depression on Baytown, TX.
Date: {1979-09-13, 1979-10-02}
Creator: Swofford, Sarah & Busch, William T.
Partner: Lee College

Oral History Interview with J. Bryan Stratton, August 29, 1979

Description: Interview with J. Bryan Stratton, a resident of Baytown, Texas since approximately 1920. Topics include the consolidation of the tri-cities into the incorporated city of Baytown, the depression, the beginning of life insurance business, his service in World War II as a staff member of General Omar Bradley's Headquarters Unit, the Charter Commission, and the adoption of the City Charter.
Date: August 29, 1979
Creator: Swofford, Sarah & Stratton, J. Bryan
Partner: Lee College

Oral History Interview with Raymond Kilgore, May 27, 1986

Description: Interview with Raymond Kilgore, a resident of Baytown, TX since approximately 1920. Mr. Kilgore discusses his family life and the early history of Cedar Bayou and Baytown, including the brickyards, the pontoon bridge over Goose Creek, the Interurban to Houston, the fig orchards of Highlands, and life and schooling in Cedar Bayou.
Date: May 27, 1986
Creator: Mayo, Martha & Kilgore, Raymond
Partner: Lee College