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

TIPHC Newsletter, Nov. 11-17, 2018

The plan to sell Texas to Great Britain Stephen Pearl Andrews, a lawyer, Houston socialite, and abolitionist, concocted a plan to free Texas’ slaves—with a hint of treason. (JSTOR Daily) In 1843, a New England lawyer almost managed to sell Texas to Great Britain. A convinced abolitionist practicing law in what was then the

TIPHC Newsletter, Nov. 4-10, 2018

Documenting The History Of Mob Violence Against African-American Veterans Image, above: A black airman from New York City reads the “Colored Waiting Room” sign in the segregated Terminal Station in Atlanta, Georgia, 1956.. (Bettman/Getty Images.) (NPR) In Montgomery, Ala., earlier this year, social justice advocates unveiled a memorial to thousands of African-Americans murdered by lynch

Time warp

I’m a big fan of science fiction. I grew up on a daily diet of the original Star Trek series. I watched mesmerized, with my Major Matt Mason action figure in my hand as I watched the moon landing in 1969. One of my favorite science fiction storylines involve time travel. I found just the

TIPHC Newsletter, Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2018

Historic black neighborhoods disappear all the time. But they don't have to. Houston takes center stage in a movement to preserve communities of color Image: The Whole Foods Market 365 mural reflects Independence Heights' roots. (Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Staff photographer) (Houston Chronicle) This week, Houston takes center stage in a national movement to preserve communities

TIPHC Newsletter, Oct. 21-27, 2018

'Overcoming': Documentary tells an important Texas tale Image: Collage honoring Almetris Duren Hall inside the dormitory at the University of Texas. (Still image of footage shot by Ben Idom) Almetris Duren accepting an award from the University of Texas. (University of Texas archives) (Texarkana Gazette) Known as Mama D or Mama Duren to

The team

We live in an amazing world. There’s little chance my great grandfather, Big Pappa, could have ever envisioned world-wide communications at the click of a mouse. I’d like to say Big Pappa was a simple man. A country preacher from Gonzales, Texas. But he was so much more. He always told me that my brains

TIPHC Newsletter, Oct. 14-20, 2018

Tulsa to Search for Mass Graves From the Race Massacre of 1921 During the pogrom, a white mob killed an estimated 300 black Tulsans. According to eyewitnesses, the dead are buried in unmarked mass graves in Greenwood Image: Tulsa in flames during 1921 race riots ( On May 31, 1921, white men with weapons

TIPHC Newsletter, Oct. 7-13, 2018

Texas barbecue history began with the San Felipe Trail Photo: The Fourth Ward building at 138 W. Gray, where long ago "barbecue baron" Matt Garner once made and sold his barbecue. (Photo by J.C. Reid / For the Chronicle) (Houston Chronicle) In antebellum Texas, the cotton plantations along the Brazos and Colorado were worked by

History and Honesty

Recently I was asked to review a new history textbook. While the prose was pretty good and the facts were basically the facts, the information surrounding the presidency of Barack Obama gave me pause. History will forever remember the initial response of the Republican brain trust immediately after Obama was acknowledged as the 44th president.

TIPHC Newsletter, Sep. 16-22, 2018

PVAMU African-American studies initiative awarded $1M in grants and gifts (PVAMU) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Prairie View A&M University a grant of $500,000 to support its effort to establish an African-­American Studies Initiative which will be housed in its Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences. Inspired