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Ciudad Juarez museum seeks to tell Mexican Revolution story

  • This undated photo provided by the Mexico Tourism Board and Fideicomiso ¡Ah-Chihuahua! shows the exterior of the Museum of the Revolution in the Border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The museum tells the story of the revolution, a turbulent chapter of history that lasted from 1910 to 1920 and transformed Mexican society. The museum is located 20 minutes from the U.S. border crossing in El Paso, Texas. (Fideicomiso ¡Ah-Chihuahua!/Mexico Tourism Board via AP) Fideicomiso ¡Ah-Chihuahua!

  • This undated photo provided by the Mexico Tourism Board and Fideicomiso ¡Ah-Chihuahua! shows visitors looking at a chair on display at the Museum of the Revolution in the Border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The museum tells the story of the revolution, a turbulent chapter of history that lasted from 1910 to 1920 and transformed Mexican society. The chair is part of an exhibit showing where revolutionary leaders Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata sat at the National Palace after attacks on Mexico City. (Fideicomiso ¡Ah-Chihuahua!/Mexico Tourism Board via AP) Fideicomiso ¡Ah-Chihuahua!

  • An exhibit about photojournalism on display at the Museum of the Revolution in the Border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Mexico Tourism Board via AP

  • This undated photo provided by the Mexico Tourism Board and Fideicomiso ¡Ah-Chihuahua! shows photos and artifacts on display at the Museum of the Revolution in the Border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The museum tells the story of the revolution, a turbulent chapter of history that lasted from 1910 to 1920 and transformed Mexican society. The museum is located 20 minutes from the U.S. border crossing in El Paso, Texas. (Fideicomiso ¡Ah-Chihuahua!/Mexico Tourism Board via AP) Fideicomiso ¡Ah-Chihuahua!



Associated Press
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Towns along the U.S.-Mexico border often are stereotyped as enclaves for bar-hoppers, smoky factories, cheap souvenirs and long entry lines for cargo and trucks. They also are known for inexpensive tacos and a plethora of adult entertainment options.

Cultural sites, in particular on the Mexican side, rarely get much attention.

But within a 20-minute walk from the Stanton Street Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas, visitors to Ciudad Juarez can enjoy a different experience and get a better understanding of a moment in history that fundamentally changed Mexico and the United States. (This route also avoids the city’s dangerous neighborhoods regularly mentioned in accounts of cartel violence.)

El Museo de la Revolucion en La Frontera, or the Museum of the Revolution in the Border, tells the story of the Mexican Revolution and its aftermath still felt today. The armed struggle, which lasted from 1910 to 1920, transformed Mexican society and sparked a massive migration of Mexicans to the United States that remade the demographics of cities in the American Southwest.

Yes, the conflict gave rise to Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata as revolutionary heroes of the poor. The war also spurred new movements in art, literature, journalism, photography and radical notions of land reform that spread across Latin America.

For those with only a basic knowledge of the Mexican Revolution, the museum guides visitors through the pre-revolutionary Mexico of dictator Porfirio Diaz and the intellectual movements opposing his rule. Exhibits touch upon El Plan of San Luis Potosi – a call to remove Diaz and the re-establishment of democracy – and writers speaking out against what they described as colonial rule at the expense of the poor.