MAPPING
VIOLENCE

Some of the worst racial violence in United States history took place along the Mexico-Texas border from 1900 to 1930.

This project seeks to enrich current understandings of histories of racial violence. Historical institutions (state archives, university libraries, etc.) neglected to keep accurate records of racially motivated killings. This project takes on the task of researching episodes of racial violence and compiling a digital archive that preserves hundreds of events in Texas between 1900 and 1930. The events in this database are visualized as an interactive map that plots the locations of hundreds of episodes of violence. By clicking dots on the map, users can read brief narratives of each event, access a list of primary and secondary sources available for further research, and see other connected events. Users will also be able to read about individual events, search content in the database, and watch short-guided tours.