Day 1: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

Excitement was high on the first day of painting on the now all white canvas wall of the municipal pool in San Juan, TX. Muralist Raul Valdez and UTPA students gathered to brush the first historic strokes that will capture the bracero experience. The first images to take shape were two hands facing palm up and another pair holding an agricultural tool called a short hoe. These images are at the center of the mural and will give a very powerful message to the surrounding community. To the right of the hands are two rows of braceros being fumigated.This was a painful process endured by many Mexican men upon their arival to the United States.


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