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Struggles for Inclusion Exhibit

The Tejano experience includes working to create a more just society, and among these struggles education has been a major battleground. In front of you is a classroom inspired by the Mathis Mexican Ward School, one of many segregated schools for Mexican American children that existed in Texas. In...

AFL-CIO Union Lapel Pin

This lapel pin was created by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations as well as the Union Label and Service Trades Department in support of a workers strike against Farah Manufacturing Company during the mid-1970s. The Farah Manufacturing Company was founded and owned by a...

Maria Antonietta Berriozabal Lapel Pin

This lapel pin is from Maria A. Berriozabal’s campaign for mayor of San Antonio, Texas in 1991. Berriozabal was the first Mexican American woman to serve on the city council of a major U.S. city. She served as representative of San Antonio’s District 1 from 1981-91. Her bid for...

Arboles de la Vida

This figure, known as a “Tree of life” (Arboles de la Vida) is a papier mache religious sculpture. Typically, these sculptures are painted in bright colors and are adorned with flowers, biblical characters, and skeleton figures. Tree of Life sculptures are often used for Day of the Dead celebrations.