Creator: Aultman, Otis A.
Description: Photograph of refugees from the Mexican Revolution having just arrived at Fort Bliss. A woman holding the hand of a little girl is carrying a bundle of possessions as she leads the little girl and another young girl across the grounds of Fort Bliss. Walking beside them is an American soldier casually holding a rifle over his shoulder. Soldiers and a few local civilians look over the large group of refugees, comprised of men, women, and children, that are a few yards behind the woman and girls. In the distance, the cars of a train are seen and Mt. Franklin is in the background. The Mexican Revolution drove thousands of refugees across the U.S.-Mexico border seeking safety and peace. Refugees came from a variety of locations throughout Mexico. Many of those refugees found themselves held at the internment camp at Fort Bliss, such as the refugees in this photo. Unknown is where these individuals originated from in Mexico. Fort Bliss is known to have housed thousands of refugees from Ojinaga and Juarez.
Contributing Partner: El Paso Public Library