Eighteen-year-old Hope Guerrero from Weslaco wanted to tell her grandfather’s story, so she emailed the Museum of South Texas History.

“My grandfather died from COVID on July 12, 2020, and I just felt there’s a lot of disbelief in the community about the reality of COVID,” Hope said in the e-mail. “My grandfather is testament that it is real, and I don’t want others to feel the pain we’ve gone through, so I wanted to tell his story.”

Hope exudes the wisdom of an elder when she talks about her grandfather José Moreno, who was born April 30, 1949, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. She bore close witness to a man she describes as a kind-of borderlands Renaissance man, someone who showed

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