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mdhurd, Author at Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture

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I live in a small municipality about twenty miles from downtown Houston that was once considered a suburban community. Today, that identifier of “suburb” no longer applies given the development of cities 30-40 miles from Houston. My little hamlet is land-locked and no longer the quaint community it once was. The city is still very

TIPHC Newsletter, Dec. 1-7, 2019

Legends reflect on how Corpus Christi led way to integrate high school football in Texas Miller Bucs star Bobby Smith and others from the Corpus Christi area helped lead the way to integrating high school football in Texas (Corpus Christi Caller-Times) One Saturday morning in the fall of 1959, Bobby Smith would’ve been found

TIPHC Newsletter, Nov. 24-30, 2019

The Electoral College’s Racist Origins More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that. Photo by Frank Scherschel/The Life Picture Collection/Getty (The Atlantic) Is a color-blind political system possible under our Constitution? If it is, the Supreme Court’s evisceration of the Voting Rights


I have a confession. I’m a worrier. But I don’t worry if the Dallas Cowboys or the Houston Texans will make the playoffs, I worry about my family’s health and well being. Right now I’m especially worried about my mother and one of my brothers-in-law. Both are dealing with issues that I pray daily about.

TIPHC Newsletter, Nov. 17-23, 2019

Enslaved Couples Faced Wrenching Separations, or Even Choosing Family Over Freedom Loved ones could be sold away at any time. Here's how married couples coped. Photo: Soldier and Companion, c.1861-65 (tintype with brass mat & leather case), American Photographer, (19th century)/Detroit Institute of Arts, USA/Founders Society Purchase, DeRoy Photographic Acquisition Endowment Fund and Coville

TIPHC Newsletter, Nov. 10-16, 2019

The Complexities of Slavery in the Nation's Capital Image: In this drawing from around 1815, the enslaved pass the United States Capitol wearing shackles and chains. (Library of Congress) (The White House Historical Association) For the first seventy-two years of its existence, the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., harbored one of America’s most difficult historical

TIPHC Newsletter, Nov. 3-9, 2019

How Dorie Miller’s bravery helped fight bigotry in the Navy Image: Doris Miller was an African-American Sailor who earned the Navy Cross for bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II. (Navy) (Navy Times) Among the pantheon of America’s heroes, none might seem more improbable than the black son of Texas

TIPHC Newsletter, Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2019

Bass Reeves Finally Gets His Hollywood Moment in HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ The legend of the former Texas marshal figures prominently in Damon Lindelof’s new series. Photo credit: ilbusca/Getty, Public Domain (Texas Monthly) The series premiere of HBO’s Watchmen opens with a black-hooded figure in hot pursuit of a lawman; he quickly finds himself lassoed in

TIPHC Newsletter, Oct. 20-26, 2019

The Long Story of East 11th and 12th Streets Takes a Turn Austin's historically black neighborhood continues to stand at the crossroads of growth Photo: Harold McMillan and Greg Smith at Kenny Dorham's Backyard (Photo by David Brendan Hall) (Austin Chronicle) Dr. Charles Urdy, at 86, can still remember the names of long-gone nightclubs

TIPHC Newsletter, Oct. 13-19, 2019

They were once America’s cruelest, richest slave traders. Why does no one know their names? Isaac Franklin and John Armfield committed atrocities they appeared to relish Photo: The exterior of the Franklin and Armfield Slave Office, today the Freedom House Museum, in Alexandria. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post ) (The Washington Post) The two most