Speaking of Redondo

An Oral History of Redondo Beach, CA

Espinosa, Amador

Amador Espinosa

Amador Espinosa – Interviewed July 2/5, 2005
Disc 1 | Disc 2 | Disc 3

Amador Espinosa, an 82-year old Mexican immigrant, moved to Redondo Beach in the 1920’s.

During his early years in Redondo Beach he experienced many forms of racism. Amador tried to join the Elks Club – they sent him a letter two weeks later refusing to accept his application. Amador was told that the Elks Club charter prohibited membership by Blacks and Mexicans. He was further discriminated against when he was told he could not swim at the Plunge, bu could only watch. He attended Redondo Beach High School and was drafted during WWII.

He became part of an elite crew in the Air Force. Even at Amador’s advancing age, he still keeps busy working for the Redondo Beach Police Department.

Amador was interviewed on July 2nd, 2005 and July 5th, 2005 at the Main Redondo Beach Library.

  1. Disc 1 of 3 – 1 hour 1 minute 42 seconds
  2. Disc 2 of 3 – 1 hour 3 minutes 4 seconds
  3. Disc 3 of 3 – 1 hour 3 minutes 15 seconds


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