Deming, NM – December 5, 2017 – Situated on the Mexican border, Luna County N.M. has seen a lot of history tramp, stride, ride and roll over its boundaries. It is part of the ancestral home land of the Fort Sill Apaches, an entry gate to North America for the Conquistadors, a staging ground for attack by the Mexican revolutionary Poncho Villa and a major staging area for the entry of the Mexican labor force that fed the United States during WWII.

Local historian Raymond Cobos was raised in Hachita, NM. As an eleven-year-old he was hired by the farmer next door to translate for the Spanish speaking Braceros (field workers). During World War II the Braceros Program brought millions of Mexican workers to the United States to fill the need for labor resulting from the war effort. The program continued until the 1960s. Cobos went on to a career in law enforcement, retiring as Sheriff of Luna County.

Cobos' love for history has been lifelong. Through personal experience, documenting personal stories and research Cobos is bringing life to the stories of the people called the Braceros. He has teamed up with Jeri Desrochers, oil painter, Richard Boutwell fabricator, and Diana LeMarbe sculptor to present this history through an exhibit at the Deming Art Center and the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum.

"Braceros – Melding History and Art" will be at the Deming Arts Center the month of January, opening January 6. Staring at the Transportation Room of the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum at 1 p.m. will be the historical talk by Raymond Cobos, followed by a walking tour back to the Art Center encountering actors portraying Braceros giving their names, stories, and dream. The public is invited at no charge to experience these activities and the show at the Art Center. Refreshments will be provided by local restaurants and markets.

The exhibit will run through Saturday, January 30 at the Deming Art Center. For more information contact Diana LeMarbe at 575-544-7708 or Jeri Desrochers at jeri@jerisstudio.com.

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