Historic El Paso Neighborhoods on Display at Museum of History
EL PASO - The history and culture of Segundo Barrio and Chihuahuita is proudly displayed in an exhibit at the El Paso Museum of History that opened Sunday.
The Neighborhoods and Shared Memories exhibit showcases photographs, artifacts, and stories from two of the oldest neighborhoods in El Paso. The exhibit is unique because everything on display is from residents of the communities.
"We worked with the community to find photographs, record stories, and locate special mementos that tell the story of life within these neighborhoods," said Project Manager Vanessa Macias, who spent four years working on the exhibit.
Maria Trinidad Martinez Ojeda and her husband Gilbert Ojeda were featured in the exhibit. Maria was approached by the museum to share some of their memories and photos for the exhibit.
Maria grew up in Segundo Barrio and Gilbert grew up in Chihuahuita. When the couple of more than 40 years saw their picture on display, they couldn't believe it.
"Friends that are here would ask me is that you," Maria Ojeda said. "Yes that's me."
Bowie graduate Jesus Alvarado painted two vibrant colored murals depicting life in the historic neighborhoods.
"Our community is a great big family, where the ladies would sit outside and talk and the kids would be playing on the streets," Alvarado said.
Over the years, Segundo Barrio and Chihuahuita have had a bad reputation, but for Maria Ojeda that's far from the truth.
"I'm very proud of being from segundo barrio because most people that live there are very good hearted people, Ojeda said.
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