A documentary film detailing an aspect of Galesburg's history will premiere at the Orpheum Theatre Saturday. Boxcar People -- The Story of Galesburg?s Mexican Railroad Families will debut at 1 p.m. Saturday in a "world premiere screening."
Boxcar People, a new WTVP-Public Media production, tells the story of Mexican workers recruited in the early 1900s to work the railroads in Galesburg. The screening begins at 1 p.m. with opening remarks by Galesburg Mayor, Sal Garza. The event is free, but tickets are required as seating is limited. Tickets are available online at www.wtvp.org/boxcar or by calling WTVP during business hours at (309) 677-4747.
The documentary is written and produced by Will and Luz Schick of Galesburg, and features many interviews with residents of the boxcar camps. The film was crafted by WTVP Executive Producer William Baker, with original music by Daniel Godsil, Associate in Applied Music at Knox College.
In a release the film's creators said, "Boxcar People is an inspiring story of immigrants rising up against all odds. It sheds light upon a rarely heard history of Galesburg and its Mexican population in context of national history. It also puts a local face on the national issues of the generations of ?immigrants? who have built this country and fought its wars, but still struggle with acceptance and civil rights."
The documentary uses historic film, original testimonials and photos from the actual inhabitants of the boxcar camps. The broadcast premiere of the film will be Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. on WTVP 47.1 (or check local cable/satellite provider?s listings). The program will encore Saturday, March 16 at 4 p.m., and again on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m.