Saturday, December 5, 2015

Railway Museum, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

A4 Fabriano Artistico, pen, ink, pigment liner various sizes, watercolor.
I've heard about this museum. Before I moved to the United States this train station was still in use and now it's a museum. San Luis Potosi city is located in Central Mexico, that's why it became a city with strategic connections. The boom of trains lasted for over a century from 1850's to 1960's. There was an exhibit at the museum about people who immigrated from Mexico to the United States through a program created by the Mexican Government called "Programa Bracero" that lasted from 1942 to 1964.  This program consisted in sending qualified Mexicans to work legally in the United States, specially during and after the World War II. Farmers were hired to grow food for the Americans at war. The employers paid the round trip train ticket and the employees collected at the bank their mandatory 10% in savings so when the immigrants returned to Mexico they could use that money towards agriculture. This program was so popular that a lot of people applied to be elected but many of them didn't make it. These 22 years created a path that is still followed by immigrants from Mexico and Central America who are trying to enter the United States at all cost. Now trains for passengers in Mexico are almost nonexistent.  The romance of that time made me visit this museum. There is a big train outside in the front yard by the main entrance which sketch took me almost 3 hours to make.  

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