Day 4: Bracero & Farmworker Mural

There is now a deep blue sky line overseeing the two rows of braceros on the right side of the North wall. In it we can see the Aztec star god Coyolxauhqui. This type of art is not commonly seen in the Rio Grande Valley and we are happy to see it embraced by the city of San Juan. In this photo we see the artist, Camille, working on Coyolxauhqui.

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Figures of farmworkers can also be seen emerging on the left side of the wall. They can be seen lifting baskets of apples on their backs.

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High school student Julian Velasquez was among the first neighborhood participants to help with the painting of the mural. When asked if he knew what the images reflected he answered “I’m thinking it’s the bracero program. ” Julian had been exposed to this by his history teacher and had some background information about the program. His enthusiasm was very contagious as he demonstrated knowledge about this historical event. We are glad to see the youth in our community recognize the importance of events such as the bracero program. Thank you Julian for inspiring us all!

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Below is a closer look at Coyolxauhqui and the finished product at the end of day four.

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