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Perham's ITOW Museum hosting Latino exhibit

World War II was a turning point for the United States, and the war had an impact on U.S. Latinos just as much as other groups.

It has been estimated that anywhere from 250,000 to as many as 750,000 Latinos and Latinas served in the armed forces during World War II.

After the war, more Latinos, including veterans, took active political roles to press for crucial improvements.

WWII veteran Joe Bernal, whose story is featured in the exhibit, served first in the Texas House and later in the Texas Senate. Bernal was the primary author of a bill that expunged state statues supporting racial segregation and of another that created the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1969.

A new exhibit at the ITOW Veterans features the stories of U.S. Latinos and Latinas who served in World War II.

Through images and stories, this twelve-panel exhibition provides a historical overview of U.S. Latino participation in World War II. In addition to historical photographs, "Images of Valor" incorporates contemporary photographs of men and women of the WWII generation by photojournalist Valentino Mauricio and focuses on individual stories that reveal larger themes such as citizenship and civil rights.

This exhibit was developed by the U.S. Latino & Latina World War II Oral History Project, in partnership with the School of Journalism and Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, and made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Images of Valor will be on display at the ITOW Veterans Museum through July 31. The Museum is located at 805 West Main Perham. For more information call 218 346-7678 or visit