An array of black-and-white photographs, posters, documents, artifacts, books and art detailing the history of bracero guest workers will be on exhibit this month at Woodland Community College. The exhibit is being organized by the college’s Ethnic Studies Program and Cross Cultural Series in partnership with Richard Soto of Biblioteca San Joaquin Murrieta.
A painting on braceros by Carlos Jackson, a member of the UC Davis Chicana/o studies faculty and director of Taller de Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA), will be featured.
An opening reception is planned from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Multicultural Enrichment Center in Room 101 at the college, 2300 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. The exhibition will be on display until March 30. It is free and open to the public.
It has been 50 years since the bracero guest worker program ended. From 1942 to 1964, millions of Mexican men were recruited by the United States as guest workers, primarily for agriculture, railroad work and other war industries. The bracero program ended in 1964 with the efforts of César Chávez and Dr. Ernesto Galarza.
Contributions to this exhibit were made by Soto, Mexican-American history students, interns Angelica Lara and Olga Torres, and many community members. For more information, contact professor Melissa Moreno at [email protected].