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Oakwood Chapel honors Tejano memories

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by Tai Moses

The state of Texas has a dark history of institutional racism and legally enforced segregation targeting the Mexican American community. For years, Tejano families in Austin were permitted to bury their loved ones only along the edges of the cemetery. Now Oakwood Chapel is giving the community a chance to reflect on the past with an exhibit called “Caminar (To Walk)” which includes a guided walk through the historic Oakwood Cemetery and a series of performances and film screenings from Dec. 21-March 18. More details here.

  • Dec. 21, 2 p.m.: Danza Azteca ceremonial dance, followed by processional walk with a remembrance of Mexican Americans’ names read aloud, plus screening of Nohbords’ Solsticio
  • Feb. 1, 2 p.m.: Tamalada storytelling and tamale-making performance for Día de la Candelaria
  • March 7, 9 a.m.: Traditional music procession by Robert Ojeda and the Bronze Band
  • March 7, noon: Film screenings of Hundiré en el jardín mis manos by Mayra Silva and Building the American Dream by Chelsea Hernandez

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