Henry DeSousa Oral History Interview 1

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Henry DeSousa Oral History Interview 1


First part of an oral history interview with Henry DeSousa.

Biographical Note:
Henry Desousa was born on the island of Faial and later moved to the island of Terceira. His brother moved to the United States in 1960 under the Azorean Refugee Act after the Capelinhos volcano erupted. He later followed his brother and immigrated to the United States in September 1970. He originally moved to Hartford, CT but then moved to Lowell in 1976.

Scope and Contents:
Interview conducted by Barbara Fertig of the American Folklife Center. Mr. DeSousa discusses the food and traditions for the Feast of the Holy Ghost; folk dancing; emigration from the Azores; being a business man in Lowell; helping the local Portuguese community; lack of Portuguese representation in city hall; state of the modern community; Portuguese churches in Lowell; police mistreatment.



The audio recordings for this item can be found on the Library of Congress website: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4


UMass Lowell, Center for Lowell History




DeSousa, Henry
American Folklife Center


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Fertig, Barbara, “Henry DeSousa Oral History Interview 1,” Portuguese American Digital Archives, accessed June 27, 2022, https://umlportuguesearchives.omeka.net/items/show/500.

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