This program explores the rich history of the small town of Vado-Del Cerro, New Mexico. Located about 20 minutes north of the US-
Mexico border in Dona Ana County, Vado-Del Cerro developed as an African American farming settlement before growing into a majority Latino community, as new immigrants arrived to work the dairies, farms, construction and service industries of the region.
In the 21st century, a new generation of residents- young, bilingual and bicultural- is coming into its own in uncertain economic times.
“Behind the Truck Stop: The Story of Vado-Del Cerro” examines issues of race, class, inter-ethnic relations, immigration and coming of age through the words of longtime residents, newcomers and others familiar with the history of the community. Listeners will hear the sounds of an annual fiesta, the construction of a new community park and a lively youth meeting.
Produced by Kent Paterson and Mercedes Mejia. Commentary by Dr. Guillermina Nunez-Mchiri, University of Texas at El Paso.
29 minutes in length.
This program was made possible in part by a grant from the New Mexico Centennial Project and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The documentary is part of the “Enduring Legacies” series of stories from the southern New Mexico borderland. Additional support for this series is provided by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the McCune Charitable Foundation.