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The Fuentes Collection - Fourth of July Parade (1929)

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Silent | 1929

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This home movie, shot by longtime Corpus Christi resident Antonio Rodríguez Fuentes, captures the Fourth of July parade through downtown Corpus Christi in 1929. The footage provides insight into the early construction of parade floats, with many adopting a boxy appearance and featuring limited decoration. Fuentes and his wife Josefina were active members of the city’s Mexican-American society, participating in several community organizations.
Antonio Rodríguez Fuentes (1895-1988) was born and raised on his family’s ranch near Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico. He moved to Laredo as a young man, eventually taking up residence in Corpus Christi in the 1910s. He married Josefine Barrera, a Corpus Christi native, in 1918. The couple had five children: Ruben, Ophelia, Mercedes, Antonio, and Carmen. 
 
Josefina and her family were respected members of Corpus Christi Mexican-American society. After her marriage to Antonio, the couple developed their own ties with numerous community groups, including the Obreros y Obreras, Alianza Hispano-Americana, and Woodmen of the World. Antonio also became an active member of several local chapters, holding office and serving as a delegate to out-of-town-conventions.