Local historian to present during the Sunday Speaker Series Aug. 20

Eduardo Martinez

Eduardo Martinez is a local historian that writes about contemporary Valley history.

The Museum of South Texas History, a museum chronicling the heritage of South Texas and northeastern Mexico, continues the Sunday Speaker Series with “Pharr From Heaven: A Multimedia Exploration on the Pharr Riot of 1971” featuring Eduardo Martinez on Aug. 20 at 2 p.m.

In the 1970s, there was a divide among the citizens of Pharr based upon economic and ethnic lines, ranging from school zoning to the election of city officials and the appointments to city administration positions. Several residents, mainly Mexican-Americans, felt the Pharr police officers were not serving their community fairly; others felt their voices were not heard by the city commission; and some felt their education at the school district was not enough. All of those different perspectives created a rising resentment toward their own city officials and leaders. In 1971, a number of individuals from the community were at the forefront of a protest outside the Pharr Police Station. However, the organized protest soon turned into a riot that involved the protesters and law enforcement officers and resulted in the death of a young man. Pharr resident and local historian, Eduardo Martinez, will provide one of the many perspectives of this tragic historical event, covering the timeline of events leading up to and the effects of the aftermath of the 1971 Pharr Riot using newspaper archives, interviews, photographs, corridos and videos.

Martinez is a writer, photographer and disc jockey from Pharr, Texas. He is best known for his weekly series “Regional Ramblings” in The Monitor, Pharr From Heaven blog and as a content creator for Neta, a bilingual multimedia platform.

Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.

This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to the community.

About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003 following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911.