Exhibitions & Initiatives
Chicano Murals of Colorado Project
On the eve of Cinco de Mayo, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the more than 40 surviving historic Chicano/a/x Community Murals of Colorado across the state to its 2022 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. These murals can be found across the state, from the Denver area to Greeley, Pueblo, the San Luis Valley, and beyond. Chicano murals illuminate the often untold history of Hispanos, Chicanos, and Mexican Americans in the state.
Learn more at the Chicano Murals of Colorado Project website →
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Cruzando Los Traques (Vías): Remembering the Maestas Case
You may be familiar with Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, a case about racial segregation in public schools that was decided by the US Supreme Court in 1954. You may not know as much about the Maestas case, a 1914 decision that desegregated schools in Alamosa a full four decades before the landmark Brown decision. One of the nation’s oldest school desegregation cases is celebrated in 2022 with an educational tour through Colorado and New Mexico.
In 1912, Hispano and Latino families living in Alamosa filed suit against the Board of Education to stop the segregation of their bilingual children. The school board claimed the separation was necessary because the students only spoke Spanish and required English language support. The school board's argument was shown to be false as the children testified at the trial, answering questions in English before the interpreter finished translating. The court ruled in favor of Maestas et al. in a landmark decision that was all but forgotten by the wider world for a century- but not by the people of the San Luis Valley.
Cruzando Los Traques (Vías), a statue by New Mexico artist Reynaldo “Sonny” Rivera, has toured Colorado, accompanied by a pop-up exhibit explaining the history of this under-studied moment in civil rights history. On October 1st, the statue will be permanently installed in the Alamosa courthouse at a commemorative celebration.
Learn more about the history of the Maestas Case in this article from the Colorado Magazine →
Learn more about the Maestas Case project at MaestasCase.com