1971 Pharr Riots Gallery

A History in Pictures

During The Riot

Officers from various neighboring departments and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department were called to Pharr to indiscriminately arrest young men found on the streets. The entire physical damage attributed to unknown members of the public by the Hidalgo County District Attorney was a damaged windshield to a fire truck. More than twenty young men would be arrested and most immediately released since they had been arrested without probable cause affidavits. Alonso Loredo Flores, a bystander, would be shot and killed by a Sheriff’s deputy bullet.

The Aftermath

A call to action issued by a coalition of organizations drew thousands to a protest march and the funeral of Alonso Loredo Flores. The public mass was conducted by Fr. Michael Allen and Fr. Roberto Flores. On the podium, from left to right are: Fr. Roberto Flores, Carlos Guerra, Natl. Pres., Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO), Beto Luera, Texas Pres., MAYO, Efrain Fernandez and Fr. Michael Allen. While awaiting trial, Efrain Fernandez would join Juan Maldonado and Antonio Garcia, candidates for city council in the neighboring city, San Juan.


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2:00 p.m., MST August 26, Broadcast from the US-Mexico Border

View the Borderland Saga through the lens of those who embody the Frontera experience in words and image. The program includes talks by UTEP political science professor Dr. Kathleen Stoudt; history professor Dr. Yolanda Leyva; studio visits with Antonio Castro, Oscar Moya, Jacob Muñoz, and Mark Clark; a reading by poet activist Margo Tamez; and, a short film “Seven String Barbed Wire Fence” by David DeWitt and Diana Molina


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