Sunday Speaker Series will be one Valley family’s story 2 p.m. March 9

The Museum of South Texas History invites you to join Ralph West as he shares his family’s story as written by his brother Gary in “The Weed Was a Flower.” The Valley’s history is full of stories, including stories of families that came because of an opportunity for a better life. The West family, an African American family originally from Franklin, Texas is one such story. This Sunday Speaker Series program will include a question and answer session and conclude with a book signing at 2 p.m. on March 9. Copies of “The Weed Was a Flower” are available through retailers, including online and will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

"The Weed Was a Flower"

“The Weed Was a Flower”

On Nov. 5, 1930, Vernon West, his wife Maggie and five children named Lillie Bell, Haywood, Julian, Edgar and Milton arrived in Edinburg. Over the next several decades, the West family dealt with struggles other families coming to the Valley have also faced, including the ability to receive a good education and overcoming color barriers. The West family would not only overcome adversity but would also celebrate success stories that included one family member becoming a Tuskegee Airman and several becoming college graduates. Generations later, their grandson Gary, son of Julian, obtained his master’s degree in history from The University of Texas Pan-American. His brother Ralph would later publish his master’s thesis, titled “The Weed Was a Flower.” March 9 will mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of Julian West. Audience members can join in remembering this former Valley community member, Vernon and Maggie West and others that have helped shape the Valley by sharing story time with Ralph West.

This Sunday Speaker Series presentation by West is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship. Find out how you can become a FRIEND of MOSTHistory and receive FREE ADMISSION today by clicking here or calling +1-956-383-6911.

Lisa K. Loebl
Marketing & Public Relations Officer