Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Latino Poet Laureate of the United States (2015–16). Herrera is a performance artist and activist for migrants, Indigenous communities, and at-risk youth. Herrera grew up in California as the son of migrant farmers, which has strongly shaped much of his work. Herrera’s collection include Notes on Assemblage; Half of the World in Light, and children’s books: Calling The Doves, and Upside Down Boy.

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Segundo Barrio

Juan Felipe Herrera

One Room Trailer

Juan Felipe Herrera

My Father is Wearing a Suit

Juan Felipe Herrera

Boycott Grapes Protest Button

A pin made ca. 1970. Worn to encourage boycotts to apply pressure to companies to improve workers rights. Gift of Shirley Cherkasky. NMAH

Short-Handled Hoe, 1950s and 1960s

The hoe was a symbol of exploitative working conditions as it required farm workers to stoop in the field. Gift of Luis Diaz Zavala. NMAH

Teatro Campesino Poster

Teatro Campesino was founded in 1965 to energize the political message of the United Farm Workers. NMAH

Poster, Si Se Puede Boycott Lettuce and Grapes

This UFW poster urged consumers to show their support by refusing to buy lettuce and grapes. Gift of John A. Armendariz. NMAH

Braceros in Strawberry Field

Salinas Valley, CA. 1956. Photo by Leonard Nadel. Leonard Nadel Collection. NMAH

Braceros in Lettuce Field

Salinas Valley, California. 1956. Photo by Leonard Nadel. Leonard Nadel Collection. NMAH

Braceros Loading Lettuce

Salinas Valley, California. 1956. Photo by Leonard Nadel. Leonard Nadel Collection. NMAH

Fields of Milpitas

Photograph, My mother holds me up under the sun in Milpitas, California, 1949 Felipe Herrera, Juan Felipe Herrera

Mama Lucha

Photograph, Lucha Herrera 1936 by Roberto Quintana (her brother), Juan Felipe Herrera

Papa Felipe

Photograph, Felipe and Jose on the train 1904, Juan Felipe Herrera

One Room Trailer

Photograph, Juan Felipe Herrera in Ms García’s ranch trailer, Escondido, Ca. by Lucha Herrera, Juan Felipe Hererra