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The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 4 - Laredo-Nuevo Laredo (1968)

Richard Avena, Linda Wilson, Rebecca Avena

Silent | 1968

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  •  Scenes of the Laredo and Nuevo Laredo areas on the Texas-Mexico border 
  •  Children playing outside of their school in Laredo 
  •  Richard and Linda Avena with their newborn daughter, Rebecca, at home in San Antonio 
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This home movie captures scenes of the Texas-Mexico border in Laredo-Nuevo Laredo. The film begins in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and captures sights of the Rio Grande and across into Texas. It then cuts to scenes of children playing outside of a schoolhouse in Laredo, Texas. The later footage was shot by United States Commission on Civil Rights employees Richard Avena and Larry Glick during a fact-facting trip. Between December 11 and 14, 1968, the commission held hearings in San Antonio to collect information regarding the civil rights of Mexican Americans living in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico. The hearings focused on local discrimination issues in education, employment, housing, economic security, and the administration of justice. It was the first commission hearing regarding the experience of Mexican Americans.