Annie Gouveia Marques was a very influential member of the Portuguese-American community in Newark, New Jerseyxs ironbound district. She was born on July 10th, 1924 in Worchester, Massachusetts the daughter of two Portuguese immigrants. She shortly relocated to Newark, New Jersey where she lived on Van Buren Street for over 60 years and left a lasting impact on the community. She lived for many years in the ironbound because she said she didnxt want to leave the city that had so many Portuguese roots. She passed away October 10, 2008.
She is already honored by the prestigious womenxs organization, Daughters of the American Revolution for her work in the government. She worked at the American embassy in Rio de Janeiro for over 5 years for our country. She was always helping other people, which is why she started an immigration office and travel agency on Ferry Street in Newark which is still around today. Her parents were immigrants and she wanted to help others have the same opportunities that she had. She raised her three children instilling their Portuguese roots and making them proud Portuguese-Americans. Annie is the mother of Cynthia Marques Russo and Lydia Gouveia Marques, also listed in this page.
Her grandson, Mannie Geraldo an attorney in Washingtn, DC stated that: I know from personal experience the work she did in New Jersey and the Eastern Seaboard in getting Portuguese and Brazilian immigrants legalized. She had one of the first Portuguese owned immigration and travel agencies in Newark. As a child I recall traveling with her to New England on behalf of clients. She had a network of businesses and families that she worked with in placing Portuguese and Brazilian immigrants. She is highly regarded in the Portuguese Community in New Jersey.