Oral History of Sister Gail Grimes
Oral History, Grimes
Lake Apopka (Fla.)
An oral history interview of Sister Gail Grimes, a Roman Catholic sister from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who moved to Apopka, Florida, in January of 1975 to serve the farmworker, low-income and immigrant communities. This interview was conducted by Jared Muha in Apopka on October 10, 2014. Some of the topics covered include moving to Apopka, working for the Hope CommUnity Center, the working conditions of Central Florida farmworkers, Apopka farms in the 1970s, relations between farmworkers and crew leaders, migration to Florida, early types of industry, the development of muck farms, shifting racial dynamics on Apopka farms, a history of racism in Central Florida, finding work after the shutdown of Lake Apopka, and the legacy of black farmworkers in Florida history.
Oral history interview of Sister Gail Grimes. Interview conducted by Jared Muha in Apopka, Florida, on October 10, 2014.
Table Of Contents
0:00:00 Hope CommUnity Center
0:04:30 Working conditions
0:12:48 Apopka farms in the 1970s
0:19:03 Relations between farmworkers and crew leaders
0:24:21 Migration to Florida and the development of muck farms
0:27:47 Shifting racial dynamics and pesticide exposure
0:37:04 Shutdown of Lake Apopka
0:43:13 The legacy of black farmworkers and Dowdell v. City of Apopka
0:52:41 Closing remarks
Grimes, Gail. Interviewed by Jared Muha, October 10, 2015. Audio record available. RICHES, Orlando, Florida.
Digital transcript of original 53-minute, and 27-second oral history: Grimes, Gail. Interviewed by Jared Muha. Audio record available. RICHES, Orlando, Florida.
Is Part Of
Apopka Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES.
53-minute and 27-second audio recording
26-page digital transcript
Farmworker Association of Florida, Apopka, Florida
Hope CommUnity Center, Apopka, Florida
Lake Apopka, Florida
Originally created by Sister Gail Grimes and Jared Muha, transcribed by Geoffrey Cravero, and published by RICHES.
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