“I was a young man with seemingly a lot of time and energy and I wanted to do right. . .”
– Joe Bernal, b. 1927, San Antonio, Texas.
After the war, more Latinos, including veterans, took active political roles to press for crucial improvements. WWII veteran Joe Bernal (pictured above) served first in the Texas House and later in the Texas Senate. Bernal was the primary author of a bill that expunged state statues supporting racial segregation and of another that created The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1969.
Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas of World War II provides a historical overview of U.S. Latino participation in World War II and features historical photographs from the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project archives and contemporary photographs of men and women of the WWII generation by photojournalist Valentino Mauricio. Images of Valor focuses on individual stories that reveal larger themes such as citizenship and civil rights and features excerpts from the more than five hundred oral history interviews that were part of the project.
Images of Valor was created by the School of Journalism and Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Images of Valor is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
at the Muskogee War Memorial Park: Home of the USS Batfish for Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinos of World War II
Dates: November 9th – December 21st
Hours: Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm | Sunday 1 – 5 pm