Alexis Diaz painted a new mural in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a 40x36ft wall dedicated to all Puerto Ricans and Latinos living outside their homeland.
According to the 2010 census, Holyoke had the largest Puerto Rican population, per capita, of any city in the United States outside of Puerto Rico. From a combination of agricultural programs instituted by the US Department of Labor, Puerto Ricans began settling in the city in the mid-1950s, and many arrived during the wave of Puerto Rican immigration to the northeastern United States in the 1980s.
Alexis: “They leave behind their families, friends and part of their history to look for a better future. In their luggage they carry all their culture, pride and traditions to create a new home and a community proud of their roots.” Take a look at more images below and check back with us soon for more updates.