2018 Oral History Project: Caribbean Heritage in Cambridge

Each year, a group of Cantabrigians will tell their stories, and how their lives relate to the annual theme the Society is exploring. These stories will fill help to fill holes in our local historical record, and

As Lina Raciukaitis, our oral history intern notes, “This project invites individuals to share their experiences and to fill gaps in the existing historical record we have of Cambridge. It also creates space for partnerships to form between community organizations through the constructive process of history.”

In 2018, as part of our exploration of Where Is Cambridge From?, we documented stories of people with Caribbean heritage.

Read their stories here

“To see different immigrants, but [the] different ways they exist in their life – I think that can be useful, for other generations to know who’s among them.” — Jean Dany Joachim

“I’m not ashamed to talk about my life, and so if that can help another immigrant… or if the program can use my experience to help improve the situation of other newcomers like immigrants, I’m happy to help.”— Pierre Fils-Aime

This project is vital to preserving local history.