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ORAL HISTORY

Floricela Medrano


La Espiga Panaderia

Born in 1969, Floricela Medrano was raised in Mexico City. She spent much of her childhood visiting her grandmother and cousins in her hometown in Guerrero. In the 1990s, she and her family immigrated to the United States. Medrano lived in Texas before relocating to Memphis for better employment opportunities.

In 1997, Medrano and her family decided to open a panaderia. Her brother, Benjamin Medrano, traveled back to Mexico City to learn how to bake traditional Mexican pastries and bread. Since the family began their bakery, the location on Summer Avenue has expanded. Medrano’s brother and his family opened a second La Espiga location on Winchester Avenue. Medrano makes and sells bread, pastries, and cookies at the Summer Avenue location.

Date of interview:
2021-06-29

Interviewer:
Simone Delerme

Photographer:
Houston Cofield

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