Feminist folk artist born in Laredo
On this day in 1902, Alice Dickerson Montemayor was born in Laredo. She had planned to study law, but after her father died she remained in Laredo to help her mother. She married Francisco Montemayor in 1927, and they had two sons. From 1934 to 1949 Alice Montemayor was a social worker in Webb County. When she began, she was denied an office key and worked under a tree. Some Caucasian clients refused to see her, and at one time she was provided a bodyguard. In 1936 Mrs. Montemayor became a charter member of the local Ladies LULAC chapter, and soon became active on the national level as well. In 1973 Mrs. Montemayor began painting gourds with vivid, multifarious hues. By 1976 she began painting with acrylics, first on tin and later on masonite. She signed her works "Mom," then "Admonty." Her works often depict women, nature, and the family in a characteristically Mexican fashion. In 1988 she was the subject of a presentation at the Smithsonian Institution. She died in 1989.