Often-called the most diverse city in the country, proof of Houston’s vast variety of cultural influences and communities can be found in the people, the food, and the art. In the past year, Big Oak Tree Media has had the pleasure of working with clients to unveil and promote murals throughout the city. One of the most prominent of these murals, the Mexican-American History & Culture in 20th Century Houston, was unveiled during Hispanic Heritage Month 2019 by The Heritage Society to celebrate the many contributions made by Mexican-Americans in Houston.
This one-of-a-kind mural project was painted by Houston artists Jesse Sifuentes and Laura Lopez Cano and their assistants downtown Houston, in Connally Plaza at Sam Houston Park. Set against a backdrop of City Hall and the downtown skyline, this mural is a cultural landmark and is a colorful & educational contribution to Houston’s growing collection of public art.
Mural themes include Mexican immigration as people fled the Revolution at home, the jobs that the new immigrants took on the railroads and in Ship Channel industries, life in El Segundo Barrio, community institutions and the all-encompassing importance of extended family in the life of Mexican-Americans. Key Hispanic figures were included as well. Check out the recap video to learn more.