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Puerto ricans in buffalo: legacy of the founding fathers

May 30, 2010

Angel Ortiz and Juan Texidor two founding members of the Buffalo Puerto Rican community speaking about their early experiences in the City of Buffalo at the ground-breaking ceremony in January 2010.

The Augustin “Pucho” Olivencia Center initially the Puerto Rican Community Association began as an idea in 1966 members raised $8,000 & purchased a lot on Swan & Chicago Sts with donation from Catholic Diocese, help from Mayor Sedita, labor unions, United Fund,  and supplies from Western Electric, National Gypsum Co. The building was dedicated in 1969.

Again,  the Center was re-dedicated in January 2010 where  a ground-breaking  to begin building a new addition to the old building at 261 Swan St to accommodate the growing Puerto Rican community. The Center is the site of the Annual Grease Pole festival in the summer.

Credit: Maria Rosa producer video/interviewer

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