Between 1910 and 1920 Mexican Americans living on the Texas-Mexico border were targets of state-sanctioned violence.
Although historians estimate that several thousand Mexican nationals and American citizens were killed, this period of violence has received little public attention until now.
On October 14 at 10 AM, a historical marker will be revealed to recognize the violence against Mexican Americans.
“Rangers] were killing the Mexican Americans in particularly for land left,” said Christopher Carmona, Assistant Professor at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
“Part of what they were doing was a systematic taking of land from the Mexican land owners to force them to sell their lands cheaply to the American corporations that we’re coming in during this time,” Carmona said.
“The Rangers were basically hired to help terrorize the population further into Mexico and off their lands,” he said.
The historical marker, which will be erected between Brownsville and San Benito, will be the first of a series of historical markers that the Refusing to Forget Project is getting across Texas.
Other events commemorating the historical marker will take place across the Valley.