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The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 9 - Farmworkers Mass (c.1968)

Richard Avena, Linda Wilson, Rebecca Avena

Silent | c. 1968

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  •  Fr. Victor P. Saladini in center wearing red robes 
  •  Former Colorado State Senator Polly Baca Barragan in white hat 
  •  Linda Wilson in the fuschia dress 
  •  A band plays 
 
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This home movie captures scenes of a Catholic Mass held in support of farmworkers in California through an organization named the D.C. Huelga Committee. It was held on the grounds of the United Methodist Building in Washington D.C. circa 1968. The officiating priest was Fr. Victor P. Saladini, who was a scholar of farm labor problems in California and an activist in the the Mexican-American labor movement. Included are images of priests serving communion flocked by UFW flags that read “Huelga” (Strike), a group of guitarists playing during the Mass, and the United States Capitol and Supreme Court Buildings. This home movie was filmed by Texan Richard Avena, a former member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.