This year’s 20th annual Southern Foodways Symposium focused on El Sur Latino and honored the active Southerners of El Sur Latino who chose to raise families and grow businesses in this newest of New Souths. In preparation for this weekend, SFA Pihakis Foodways Filmmaker Ava Lowrey created a short documentary about one rural community these active Southerners call home – Siler City, North Carolina.
The 1990 Census showed that 180 Latino residents lived in Siler City, North Carolina. That number soon began to change as people began moving to the area for work in Siler City’s two poultry processing plants. Today, the plants have closed down but over 3,000 (approximately half of the population) Siler City residents are Latino.
Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar introduces the folks behind the one stop grocery store, butcher shop and taqueria, Tienda Loma Bonita.