Press Release

Pueblo founder to be added to Colorado Latino Hall of Fame

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 3, 2018) – Maria Teresita Sandoval, co-founder and pioneer of Pueblo, will be inducted into the Colorado Latino Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 25, 2018. The Colorado Latino Hall of Fame was created by the Latino Leadership Institute to honor the legacy of Latino leadership in Colorado’s civic, business, and political history.

Teresita Sandoval was born in Taos, New Mexico, in 1811. In 1842, she was one of the entrepreneurial founders of the border settlement of Pueblo, when the trading post marked the border between the United States and Mexico. Sandoval’s place-based knowledge, connections, and ability to move between the Mexican and Anglo cultures were integral to the development of regional settlements. She worked hard to protect the economic interests of herself and her children in the midst of cultural and economic transition. She lived in Pueblo County until her death in 1894.

Teresita is receiving the 2018 Legacy Award. The Legacy Award is given to an individual who has contributed greatly to Colorado’s rich economic, political, or entrepreneurial history and who broke through barriers along the way.

“The story of Latino leadership is often an untold one in our state’s history,” said Joelle Martinez, Executive Director of the Latino Leadership Institute. “Extraordinary leaders such as Teresita have made indelible contributions in shaping communities across Colorado.  We are ensuring that the Latino legacy of leadership is honorably recognized and never forgotten.”

Sandoval is also highlighted in the acclaimed Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit at El Pueblo History Museum, along with three other boderlands women, Amache Ochinee Prowers, Josefa Jaramillo Carson, and Doña Bernarda Velasquez.