Life and Death on the Border, 1910 – 1920

An exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum

Life and Death on the Border re-examines historic events in Texas during which some of the worst state-sanctioned racial violence in the U.S. occurred. On display from January – April 2016 at the Bullock Museum, Texas’ flagship history museum in Austin, the exhibit examined the climate for ethnic Mexicans living on the Texas-Mexico border who were targets of state-sanctioned racial violence during the early 20th century. Complete with photographs, relics from family archives, Texas Ranger artifacts and more, the exhibition made connections between the past and the continuing struggle for justice today. The American Association for State and Local History (AALSH) awarded the exhibit the Leadership in History Award of Merit. The award acknowledges standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.


“The violence is well known among historians, but it is little known among the broader public…”

– El Paso Times

“In the Bullock exhibit, the truth is beginning to be told.”

– San Antonio Express-News

See photographs and a short video overview below.


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