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Olga Lindo was born in 1923 in Panama. Her parents were from Barbados and never learned to speak Spanish, though they remained in Panama for the rest of their lives. Her grandmother remembers living as a slave on a ‘slavery farm’ and her accounts affected Olga greatly. Olga went to an English school, based on textbooks from the United States up until the 8th grade, then went to public school, which was taught in Spanish. Because she did not know Spanish at the time, she had to restart school at a 3rd grade level. She completed her second year in college and made her living as a primary school teacher. Olga is widowed and has one daughter, who lives in Florida. Her grandchildren where born in the United States and only speak English. Olga speaks both English and Spanish and considers herself proud to be a black woman and Panamanian.