From The Injustice Never Leaves You
On Thursday January 21, 2016, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum opened its doors to visitors attending the symposium for the exhibit Life and Death on the Border, 1910 – 1920. The flagship state history museum was literally too small to contain the public enthusiasm for the exhibit. Online registration for the event reached capacity within days of being announced. To meet the demands the Bullock staff coordinated a second faculty panel on Saturday, January 23, the same day the exhibit opened to the public. The exhibition came to fruition through the collaboration between the Bullock staff and the professors that co-founded Refusing to Forget, an educational non-profit that calls for public commemorations of anti-Mexican violence in Texas. 
Crowds were eager to see the exhibit not because they wanted to consume curated history, to see a collection of objects, or to learn a history they did not know. They came because they did know, because they had heard these stories from their fathers or their grandmothers. They came to witness a history long disavowed now on display in a state museum. People lined up at the Bullock because they had waited for over a century for the cultural institutions of Texas to officially recognize the role of the state police and politicians in enacting a reign of terror so devastating that the effects would reverberate for generations. They came to bear witness to that first public reckoning. 

Norma Longoria Rodriguez and Evaristo Albarado preview the exhibition Life and Death on the Border 1910-1920 before it is open to the public. The Rodriguez and Albarado families loaned objects to the museum for display. Without objects loaned from private collections, the museum would have been unable to show the impact on families of state-sanctioned racial violence in Texas. Photograph provided by author. 

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