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A moment in Lawrence: Former residents of La Yarda and their descendants attend film screening | The Lawrence Times

Former residents of La Yarda, the East Lawrence housing unit built for Mexican American railroad workers from 1920-51, and many of their descendants attended a screening of a film about the neighborhood Saturday evening.

The short documentary, by local filmmakers Lourdes Kalusha-Aguirre and Marlo Angell, captured the history of the neighborhood. Families came to town to work for the Santa Fe Railroad, and they shared childcare duties and their traditions. A flood wiped away the housing complex in 1951.

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