Emma's song celebrates the life and work of the native San Antonian who, at the age of 21, led the Pecan Shellers Strike of 1938. It is the song of
EL CORRIDO DE EMMA TENAYUCA
Tuesday, February 18
The Witte Museum
20,000 young Mexican-American women employed by pecan-shelling companies to work in poor conditions for an average of $2.25 a week. It is the song of a people united in a demand for dignity. It is the song of the West and South sides that lives on in the pride of the worker long after the death of its heroes.
Excerpts from the original theater piece will be featured at the Witte Museum on Tuesday, February 18 at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit, "Corridos sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition." In true carpa tradition, the show integrates San Antonio history through narration and live music featuring Juan Tejeda on the accordion and Armando Tejeda on the bajo sexto. •