Cecilia Concha Estela


Myrna Parra-Mantilla


Bracero Oral History Project

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Cecilia E. Concha was born in El Paso, Texas, in October of 1925; she was the second generation in her family to be born in the United States; in 1896, her grandfather immigrated into the United States through El Paso, Texas; her mother was born in Ysleta, Texas, and her father was born in Guanajuato México.

Summary of Interview

Ms. Concha recalls what it was like growing up during the 1930s; her mother would shop in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in order to avoid the rationing of food; she recounts her memories of World War II, while she was a high school student at St. Joseph’s Academy from 1941 to 1945; in addition, she describes the discrimination immigrants in El Paso, Texas, faced; she also details her employment opportunities during and after the war; her grandfather, Trinidad Concha, served as an assistant director to Porfirio Diaz, before arriving in El Paso, in 1896; he formed a musical group that crossed the river to welcome and serenade the Maderistas in 1911.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

75 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1585

Transcript Number

No. 1585

Length of Transcript

No. 1585


Myrna Avalos

Interview Number

No. 1585

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