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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Eugenia Fortes.

Author: Eugenia Fortes; Larry Crowe; Matthew Hickey; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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Community activist Eugenia Fortes was born on November 14, 1911, in Brava, in the Cape Verde Islands. She moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, at age nine. In 1930, Fortes began working as a housekeeper for the next twenty-seven years. In 1945, she was asked to leave a beach in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, and she refused. Her civil rights activism became more involved, and over the next decades, she founded the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Eugenia Fortes
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Eugenia Fortes; Larry Crowe; Matthew Hickey; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1003149942
Credits: Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Performer(s): Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
Hyannis, Massachusetts
2004 August 21.
Description: 1 online resource (4 video files (1 hr., 46 min., 30 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with Eugenia Fortes
Eugenia Fortes

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Community activist Eugenia Fortes was born on November 14, 1911, in Brava, in the Cape Verde Islands. She moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, at age nine. In 1930, Fortes began working as a housekeeper for the next twenty-seven years. In 1945, she was asked to leave a beach in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, and she refused. Her civil rights activism became more involved, and over the next decades, she founded the Cape Cod NAACP and met Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr. An advocate for the poor, Fortes sent food and clothing to impoverished counties in the Deep South for decades. Fortes was a member of the Hyannis library board of directors for forty years, and was on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission for fourteen years. In 2004, the beach she refused to leave in 1945, East Beach, was renamed Fortes Beach. Fortes passed away on May 19, 2006 at age 94.

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