The Museum of South Texas History will host a Sunday Speaker Series Online discussion titled “Contextualizing George Floyd: A South Texas Perspective,” at 2 p.m. June 7 on Facebook Live.

The panel, featuring Dr. Beverley Ashley-Fridie, Dr. Albert Rodriguez and Roseann Bacha-Garza with CEO Francisco Guajardo as moderator, will focus on the socio-cultural and political issues that have gripped the nation during the past few weeks. As the conversation explores this macro reality, it will delve into the local history of race in South Texas, particularly as it has played out in the history of African Americans in South Texas.

The museum will stream the panel discussion at Viewers are encouraged to participate by posting comments and questions during the live stream. The panel discussion will be recorded and posted on the Museum’s Facebook page and at

Ashley-Fridie earned a doctorate in educational leadership from The University of Texas – Pan American. Rodriguez is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and managing editor of “The Journal of South Texas.”

Melissa Dotson Betts and a class of students at the George Washington Carver School in Edinburg, Texas.

Bacha-Garza is the program manager of the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program at The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Guajardo serves as chief executive officer for the Museum of South Texas History. He holds a doctorate with a focus on history and educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for 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 downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 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, like us on Facebook and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call +1-956-383-6911.