Just two hours away from Mexico City, Tlaxcala is an important yet often overlooked historical and cultural city. I spent one afternoon touring Tlaxcala’s vibrant murals at the Government Palace. Covering two floors, they depict the pre-conquest, colonial history, and independence movement of Mexico. Desiderio Hernandez Xochitioitzin, one of the last painters of the Mexican muralist movement, created the richly hued panorama to invigorate his nation’s cultural identity. Sadly, bits of plaster strewn on the floor, were reminders of the destructive September 2017 earthquake, just a month before my visit.