Produced by Mid-America Emmy-nominated Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, Riding the Rails to Hero Street, the first film in the Hero Street documentary film series, tells the story of the immigrants’ journey from Mexico to Cook's Point in Davenport, Holy City in Bettendorf, Iowa, and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad train yards and boxcar homes in Silvis, Illinois.  The families of Hero Street experienced both acceptance and discrimination in their new community. Around the time of the great depression, the families were removed from the rail yards and some moved box cars or built new homes on 2nd Street in Silvis.  Only a block and a half long, the street lost six young men in World War II and two in the Korean War, more than any other street in America.  Hero Street, as it is now known, has provided approximately 200 service members since World War II. Through their fiscal sponsor the Moline Foundation, Riding the Rails to Hero Street was funded in part by Humanities Iowa. 

This Global Gathering Mexico program is supported by Title Sponsor Terrostar Interactive Media and the Bettendorf Public Library Foundation.

 

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