Fronteras: San Antonio's Unsung Heroes Of The West Side Honored In Virtual Exhibit
The historic Westside of San Antonio is a culturally-rich part of the city. It’s primarily Mexican-American and many of its residents live in poverty. Poverty doesn’t define the neighborhood, however.
Some of the neighborhood’s lesser known figures are getting their due in a virtual exhibit at the Museo del Westside — a museum that celebrates the community’s unique history, heritage and pride. The Museo is a project of the grassroots cultural organization, the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, and is currently in development at the historic Ruben's Ice House, located in the heart of San Antonio's Westside.
Esperanza’s director, Graciela Sánchez, explained the project is intended to uplift the perseverance of the Westside and foster a deeper appreciation of the neighborhood and its people.
“The story of the community, of the people who live, worked, played, suffered, danced and flourished,” said Sánchez, who is also a member of the Westside Preservation Alliance.
Specifically, the Museo’s “Women & Activism in the Westside” exhibit takes a focus on the women who marched, boycotted and rallied for social change.
Antonia Castañeda — professor of history emeritus at St. Mary’s University — said the exhibit came together from personal recounts of community members about the women that inspired them and will continue to expand with more submissions from the public.
If you know of a strong woman who could compliment the exhibit email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 210-228-0201, or click the “Share Your Story” button at museodelwestside.org.
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