After graduating from Kent State University in 1973, Gary Catterson moved to Dallas and became a police officer. Later he moved his family to Ohio, going in to business with his brother in law. In 1988 he felt called to Seminary and after graduating in 1991, began his ministry in Round Lake, Minnesota. Pastor Catterson moved to Postville in 1995 and became the pastor of the Community Presbyterian Church. Over the years, Pastor Catterson has served as a school board member, with the Food Pantry, on the Recovery Group after the 2008 ICE raid, and on the National Response Team of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. In the interview, Pastor Catterson discusses the changes over time in Postville, what it is like working in small but diverse community, and the aftermath of the ICE raid.
Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project
The Community Voices: Postville Oral History Project sought to capture the remembered past of those who experienced the “Postville story,” that is, the social context leading up to, including, and following the ICE immigration raid that occurred on May 12th, 2008. The Interviews available here showcase the unique memories of 16 interviewees living and working in or near Postville. The interviews will leave listeners with a sense of how a small town in rural Iowa has dealt with and continues to deal with vast demographic change and the aftermath of an ICE raid that threw Postville into the national conversation on immigration reform.
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Catterson, Gary, "Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project Recording with Gary Catterson" (2014). Community Voices - Postville Oral History Project. 3.