Eréndira Fabela Estrada (b. 1963) was born in San Pedro, Coahuila, Mexico. Her large family, school, and participation in the Catholic Church youth groups shaped her life. When she was twenty years old, she arrived for the first time to Johns Island, South Carolina to visit her sister and brother-in-law. There, she met her future husband and father of her daughter who worked as a contractor for a local farmer. Soon, Fabela Estrada was working with him in the fields and helping to manage the administrative side of contracting seasonal agricultural workers. The couple divided their time between Johns Island and San Pedro but decided to settle down definitively when their daughter started school. Motivated to improve her English to help her girl with the school homework, Fabela Estrada began taking classes at the College of Charleston. She continued studying until she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Education. For twelve years, she has worked as a Spanish teacher at the Military Magnet Academy in the City of North Charleston. In the interview, Fabela Estrada reflects on her experiences working in the agricultural fields, her love for studying and teaching, and the difficulties and satisfactions she experienced by challenging her community traditional roles. Eréndira Fabela Estrada (1963) nació en San Pedro Coahuila, México y creció sin carencias ni lujos en el seno de una familia numerosa. Su familia, la escuela y la participación en los grupos juveniles de la iglesia católica dejaron una marca importante en su vida. A los veinte años llegó a Johns Island, Carolina del Sur para pasar un tiempo con su hermana y su cuñado que se habían radicado en la isla. Fue ahí donde conoció a su futuro esposo y padre de su hija que trabajaba como contratista para un ranchero local. Con él trabajó en todas las labores implicadas en el cuidado de los campos y la organización de los trabajadores. La pareja repartía su tiempo entre Johns Island y San Pedro, pero decidieron establecerse definitivamente cuando la hija de ambos comenzó la escuela. Motivada a capacitarse y mejorar su inglés para poder ayudar a la niña con las tareas escolares, Fabela Estrada comenzó a tomar clases en el College of Charleston. Poco a poco, continúo estudiando y se graduó con un Bachelor en español y educación. Por doce años se ha desempeñado como profesora de español en la escuela Military Magnet Academy en la Ciudad de North Charleston. En la entrevista, Fabela Estrada reflexiona acerca de sus experiencias trabajando en el campo, su amor por el estudio y la enseñanza y los desafíos que enfrentó para salirse de los roles tradicionales de su comunidad.
4" X 5" photograph of a special event. There is a crowd of spectators looking up towards the ramparts - they have their backs to the camera. One gentleman is wearing a military dress uniform (navy dress whites?) and is saluting. There is a formation of Citadel cadets at the top of the rampart, possibly a color guard. This may be an event during the Centennial celebrations of the Civil War as the Confederate flag is flying from the flagpole, just visible at top, center.
Fort Sumter from Fort Johnson. Rocky shoreline is visible in the foreground. Handwritten on reverse: '55.' Possibly taken the same day as another Paine photo (see MK 871), so date is assumed to be 1940. This is image measures 3 3/4" X 4 3/4".
Distant view of Fort Sumter across the harbor from Fort Johnson. In foreground, is the front end of a vintage Packard. Shore with barbed wire stretched across is also visible. Handwritten on reverse: 'Photo 3/1/40 // M.B. Paine.' [#19 in Charleston parks and monuments series] Newspaper article glued to reverse: "Fort Johnson may be chosen as a National Historic Site." This is a 5" X 7" image.
Photograph, measuring 3 3/4" X 4 3/4", of uniformed men carrying flags (one of which is the American flag) passing in review. Another group [officers] stands at attention in the distance. Multi-storied building with wrap-around porches visible in the background. Also vintage cars can be seen. Handwritten on reverse: 'Ft. Moultrie.'
Photograph, measuring 4 3/4" X 3 3/4", of uniformed men marching in formation with rifles over their shoulders. Another group [officers] stand at attention in the distance. Multi-storied building with wrap-around porches visible in the background. Handwritten on reverse: 'Ft. Moultrie.' Date is assumed due to similarities with other images in file.
5" X 7" image showing soldiers firing Browning machine guns model 1917A1. Handwritten on reverse: 'Case and 447th at Fort Moultrie, S.C. 8-21-39. M.G. Record at 1000" Range. Photo by M.B. Paine, Chas, S.C. Fla., Ga., Tenn. men in units.'
Photograph, measuring 4 3/4" X 3 3/4", of uniformed men standing with their backs to the camera. There is a large group of men standing in formation in the distance. A vintage car is just visible to the right. Handwritten on reverse: 'Fort Moultrie.'
5" X 7" image of Fort Sumter. Close up of exterior wall with sign reading: Cable Crossing // Do Not Anchor. A cannon and a mortar are set up with cannonballs. The lighthouse is visible in the background. Two men are standing at the doorway. One man (on right) is in uniform [Coast Guard], the other is wearing a suit, tie and overcoat.
5" X 7" image of Fort Sumter. Close up of exterior wall with sign reading: Cable Crossing // Do Not Anchor. A cannon and a mortar are set up with cannonballs. The lighthouse is visible in the background.
5" X 7" image of Fort Sumter. Close up view of the exterior wall. There are three men in uniform [Coast Guard] pictured to the right. Two are standing with their backs to the camera and one is just coming out of the doorway. The large sign that reads: 'Cable Crossing // Do Not Anchor' is visible to the far left. Dated 20 April 1930.
Postcard photograph measuring 5 1/2" X 3 1/2" of Ft. Sumter. Shows fort with lighthouse and large building. Handwritten on reverse: 'Fort Sumter, Charleston S.C., 44' [#44 in series on Charleston parks and monuments].
Main caption: 'The President at the Charleston Exposition. Photographs by Frederick Moore.' Caption top left: 'The President speaking in the auditorium.' Caption top right: 'Negro tea-pickers singing pickaninny songs to the President.' Caption bottom center: 'The presidential party reviewing the parade.' Further captioning identifies: 'The President, Sec. Wilson, Mayor Smythe, Mrs. Roosevelt.'
4" X 5" image of Osceola's grave at Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's Island. Two African-American children are in the image - one is laying on the ground to the right and the other is standing against the gate in the background at the left.
Mounted photograph measuring 5" X 7" of Fort Sumter. Photographer's mark on photo at lower left: 'Copyright Clarke's Studio, Charleston, S.C.' And printed at bottom, center of photo: 'Fort Sumter Charleston, S.C.'
Caption: 'Cook's Earthquake Views of Charleston and Vicinity. Taken after the 31st of August, 1886. No.116, wreck in George Street.' Written on front, at bottom: 'Charleston Earthquake view - Ruins in George St.'