On August 2, 2021, in El Paso, a fabric wall titled “In Remembrance  / En Recuerdo,” was installed a day before the two-year anniversary of the August 3rd, 2019 Walmart shooting was installed at Ascarate Park.  The fabric wall has messages to the families of the 23 people who were lost on that day.  The messages were added by families throughout El Paso, Texas.

The “In Remembrance  / En Recuerdo” is located across the street from the El Paso County Healing Garden. As you enter Ascarate Park, it is located on the fence on the right hand side as you enter the park. Ramona Juárez, a retired teachers, came up with the idea for the fabric mural. She said wanted to create it “to remind families from the tragedy that in the second year since the incident, we have not forgotten about them or the loved ones that they lost.”

The massive message mural was created in five days.  It took two days for six volunteers, to sew it, hem it and grommet it.  Over 400 feet of muslin fabric was hemmed.

The Sewing Team included: Front Row: Ramona Juarez, Letitia G. Padilla and Heather Lopez-Vargas; Back Row: Carolina Zavala Carrera, Patricia “Trish” Winstead, and Mary Turon.

During a three-day period, we took parts of the fabric mural to the El Paso Downtown Farmers and Art Market in front of the El Paso History Museum; to the YISD Central Office; and to Bassett Place (Center) in Central El Paso.  People from all walks of life signed it. 

At the Farmer’s and Art Market in front of the El Paso Museum Museum of History at Cleveland Square, Thursday, July 29, 2021. Photograph by Miguel Juarez.

An unidentified man (left) and Ysleta Independent School District’s Superintendent Dr. Xavier De L Torre (right) sign at the Y.I.S.D. Central Office on Friday, July 30, 2021. Photograph by Miguel Juarez.
Families signed the fabric mural at Bassett Place on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Photograph by Miguel Juarez.

The fabric mural was created in conjunction with the opening of El Paso County Healing Garden, spearheaded by County Judge Ricardo A. Samaniego.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo A. Samaniego signed the fabric mural on Friday, July 30, 2021.
Photograph by Ramona Juarez.

The El Paso County Healing Garden will officially open on August 3, 2021.  The opening will be televised on El Paso County’s YouTube Channel.

The “In Remembrance/En Recuerdo” fabric mural will be on display for the next several weeks on the fence on the right of the entrance to Ascarate Park.

The fabric mural is part of the activities surrounding the El Paso County Healing Garden. For further information, see the El Paso Herald Post article on the August 3, 2021 event:

In August 2020, El Paso News Published 15 articles dedicated to the anniversary of the August 3rd Walmart shooting.

Currently, plastic has been placed over the mural due to possible rain in the next few days, but afterwards, the public is invited to sign it. Please use “Sharpies” permanent markers (no water-based markers).

Miguel Juarez

Miguel Juárez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He is a multi-disciplinary scholar, artist and Paseño (El Pasoan) and the Editor at El Paso News. He has an Master of Art degree in Library Science...