Emma Tenayuca
1916 -1999
Labor activist
Born: San Antonio, Texas

An outspoken advocate for Mexican American workers in Depression-era Texas, Emma Tenayuca is best known for leading the successful 1938 pecan shellers strike in San Antonio. She helped organize and consolidate unions and led pioneering efforts to help unemployed workers. Frequently arrested and eventually blacklisted, Tenayuca was unable to find work and was forced to leave San Antonio for California. After obtaining a degree there, she returned to San Antonio to serve her community as a school teacher.


Emma Tenayuca

Photo: Courtesy of The San Antonio Light Collection, The Institute of Texan Cultures at UTSA










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