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The Fuentes Collection - Playing in the Park (1929)

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Silent | 1929

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  •  Josefina Barrera Fuentes and four of her children 
  •  Downtown Corpus Christi 
  •  Antonio Rodríguez Fuentes steps in front of the camera 
 
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This 1929 home movie, shot by longtime Corpus Christi resident Antonio Rodríguez Fuentes, may well represent some of the earliest produced by a Mexican-American filmmaker about the Mexican-American community in Texas. In the footage, Fuentes captures his wife Josefina and four of their children playing in a park in Corpus Christi. Josefina also takes a turn behind the camera to document her husband with the children.
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.