Texas Border Business ---
Edinburg --- The University of Texas-Pan American, the City of San Juan and the UTPA Mexican American Studies (MAS) program will host the dedication of the mural "Braceros: A Legacy of Triumph," which was authorized by the City of San Juan to be executed on the north-facing wall of the city's municipal pool to honor the farm workers, primarily from Mexico, who were brought in under the contract worker program from 1942 to 1964 to work farmlands in Texas, California and Arizona, among others.
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 9, 6 p.m.
WHERE: City of San Juan Municipal Park Pool
603 W. 1st Street, San Juan, Texas
See google map603 W 1st St
UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen; Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, UTPA provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; San Juan Mayor San Juanita Sanchez; San Juan City Manager J.J. Rodriguez; Director of LUPE Juanita Valdez Cox; Artist/Muralist Raul Valdez; MAS program director Dr. Stephanie Alvarez; and UTPA MAS and Cosecha Voices students.
This public art project, financed in part by a grant from the Smithsonian Institution and the City of San Juan, provides a visual history of the stories of the braceros, other migrant farm workers and the farm worker movement, a story not often told in the classroom. Painted by UTPA students under the supervision of Austin muralist Raul Valdez, the mural represents, through a survey of the community, the pictures they wanted to include regarding this significant period of the Rio Grande Valley's history and heritage for future generations to learn from and appreciate. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfIRX8u0Jtg to see a slideshow highlighting the mural's creation.
For more information, contact Stephanie Alvarez at (956) 665-3445 or firstname.lastname@example.org. TBB