Interview with Mary Barreto


Interview with Mary Barreto about her life and her husband Hector Barreto, founder of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Born in 1935, Barreto recounts her father's immigration from Michoacan, Mexico to the Kansas City area in 1928, and his work for the Missouri Portland Cement Company, where Mary's family met the Barretos. She recalls stories of Hector's work in packing houses and the railroad, opening an import business, and owning and operating Mexico Lindo restaurant in Independence. She also discusses Hector's role in founding the United States and Kansas City Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, noting other Hispanic Kansas Citians who were involved in the local chamber, and Hector's experience advising the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. Hector and Mary's daughter Anna Favrow Barreto also participates in the discussion.

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