In 1997, KERA produced a documentary titled “Little Mexico/El Barrio.” The documentary “explores the rich cultural heritage of one of Dallas’ oldest neighborhoods, where individuals and families settled to begin new lives after immigrating from Mexico. Interviews, archival photographs, home movies and personal memorabilia create a historical record of this once-thriving community that encompassed the current Uptown, Arts District and Historic West End areas.”  The film records and preserves some of the history of this important area and the people of Dallas. Prominent Mexican American community leaders interviewed include Pancho Medrano, Catalina Valdez Scott, Abel Sanchez, Gloria Rivas Alvarez, Joe Azcona and Belen Ortega.

“Pancho Medrano remembers when Mexican-American residents were not allowed to use the swings or the pool or even enter the neighborhood park – Pike Park – in the early 1930s. His neighbors appealed to the Mexican consulate to solve the problem when the City of Dallas would not.”

KERA is re-airing this documentary for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Narrated by Regina Montoya, Produced by Rick Leal

It can be seen in its entirety on the KERA website:




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