Texas Historical Commission Marker for the Pharr Riot

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Title

Texas Historical Commission Marker for the Pharr Riot

Description

Inscription reads: On Feb. 6, 1971, a small group gathered outside the Pharr police department to protest incidents of discrimination and brutality. The crowd grew to hundreds and the day turned violent as tensions with law enforcement escalated. During the chaos that became known as the Pharr Riot, a law enforcement officer shot and killed bystander Alfonso Loredo Flores. For several weeks, Union y Fuerza and other groups picketed city hall and boycotted businesses. Events in Pharr received national media attention. In the aftermath, the city's mayor, commissioners, and chief of police resigned. In June 1972, citizens elected their first Mexican American mayor. These important events in Texas' Chicano movement advanced civil rights and political engagement. Erected 2018 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 20119.)

Creator

Larry D. Moore (photographer)

Source

Historical Marker Database www.HMdb.org

Date

2021 Aug 27

Files

THC Marker for the Pharr Riot (2021), by Larry D. Moore.jpg

Tags

special collections, archives, LRGV history, borderlands, US-Mexico history special collections, archives, LRGV history, borderlands, US-Mexico history special collections, archives, LRGV history, borderlands, US-Mexico history


Citation

Larry D. Moore (photographer), “Texas Historical Commission Marker for the Pharr Riot,” UTRGV Digital Exhibits, accessed July 21, 2024, https://omeka.utrgv.edu/items/show/1695.

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