Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Hidden Houston History 2: Race, Riots and Good Ol’ Texas Racism

posted by Free Press Houston @ 9:35 AM


By Alex Wukman

I’ve been thinking of writing a book on the fight for racial equality in Houston. To do the subject justice it would take at least 2-and-a-half years of research to produce book of no less than 700 pages. It’ll feature things like the Camp Logan Mutiny in 1918. This is one of the more interesting events in local history, what happened was that a black soldier stationed at an emergency training facility just east of what would become Memorial Park stopped two white cops after they used excessive force in arresting a black woman.

The cops pistol whipped the soldier and took him in as well, a second black soldier tried to stop the cops and he was arrested too. When word got back to the rest of the garrison at Camp Logan the soldiers deliberated for a while, some reports say they debated for a few minutes while others say they debated until almost midnight. In the end approximately 100 troops stormed the armory, armed themselves with rifles and marched on the police station to try and get their comrades back.



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4 Comments:

At August 1, 2007 11:30 AM , Anonymous meister said...

Amazing what is lurking just below the surface.Great article.

 
At August 1, 2007 11:31 AM , Anonymous meister said...

Amazing what is lurking just beneath the surface. Great article.

 
At August 1, 2007 1:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not like any of your examples are "hidden" they are just not known by the mass population here because Houston unlike most towns or cities never stays the the same the population makes its money and moves away or the economy slumps and we get to see a bump in population none of them ever having any idea of the citys history. Nor do they ever try and learn it...as a matter of fact how did you not learn any of those examples in Texas history in grade school or did you just now start caring about history after the world seems too cold for you. For anyone to walk the streets of this or any other city in the South and not know in their gut racism is embedded in its past is in a word ignorant.

 
At December 5, 2008 10:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a fact, why haven't you written a book about it. Many would love to read it. I remember the hearing about the riots in 3rd ward as a little girl, with parents who grow up in the sixties/seventies you couldn't help but to hear about the things that went on in Houston during those times.

 

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