Victoria Hernández Interview, Tape 1
Ruth Glasser interview with Victoria Hernández. Throughout the interview Victoria Hernández discusses her life in East Harlem and her arrival to New York City in 1919 from Puerto Rico’s “campos.” Ms. Hernández talks about her brother, Rafael Hernández's rise as a musician, his life, influence, marriages, death and legacy. She reads from newspaper clippings that serve as evidence of their strong relationship that lasted until the day he died.Victoria Hernández came to New York in 1919 with relatives. After working as a seamstress, she bought a storefront in 1927 and started Almacenes Hernández (The Hernández Music Store). The store served as a central hangout for Latino musicians and Ms. Hernández was a central part of this music scene, earning the nickname “La Madrina” from the musicians. Ms. Hernández herself was an accomplished violinist, cellist and pianist, but dedicated herself to the business aspect of the industry and was one of the only women playing such a key role in it.