“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Marfa in Presidio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Porvenir Massacre

Porvenir Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2018
1. Porvenir Massacre Marker

Porvenir was a community in remote northwest Presidio County on the Rio Grande. In the midst of military conflicts and raids across and along the international border and in the immediate area during the Mexican Revolution, the small farming and ranching settlement was the site of a notorious tragedy in 1918.

A group of Texas Rangers from Company B in Marfa, U.S. Army soldiers from Troop G of the 8th Cavalry, and local ranchers arrived at Porvenir in the early morning hours of January 28, 1918. They came to the ranch of Manuel Moralez and separated fifteen able-bodied men and boys from the women, children and other men. Though initial accounts denied any wrongdoing, later testimony confirmed that these 15 victims were shot and killed. Family members crossed the Rio Grande into Mexico to bury Antonio Castañeda, Longino Flores, Pedro Herrera, Vivian Herrera, Severiano Herrera, Manuel Moralez, Eutemio González, Ambrosio Hernández, Alberto García, Tiburcio Jáquez, Róman Nieves, Serapio Jiménez, Pedro Jiménez, Juan Jiménez, and Macedonio Huertas.

In June 1918, Governor William P. Hobby and Adjutant General James
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A. Harley disbanded Company B, dismissed five Rangers for their actions at Porvenir, and forced Captain J.M. Fox’s resignation. State Representative J.T. Canales filed charges with the Texas Legislature against the Texas Rangers, for the oppression and murder of hundreds of ethnic Mexicans along the Rio Grande. At an investigation beginning January 31, 1919, legislators heard and received testimony regarding several incidents including Porvenir. As a result, the Texas Rangers were reorganized and reduced in size. In the aftermath of the attack, approximately 140 remaining residents of Porvenir abandoned the community.
Erected 2018 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18324.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsHispanic AmericansLaw Enforcement. A significant historical date for this entry is January 28, 1918.
Location. 30° 30.549′ N, 104° 23.952′ W. Marker is near Marfa, Texas, in Presidio County. Marker is on U.S. 90, 0.9 miles south of State Highway 505, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marfa TX 79843, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Historic Valentine (approx. 7.7 miles away); Valentine Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.2 miles away).
Porvenir Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2018
2. Porvenir Massacre Marker

Also see . . .  Porvenir Massacre. (Submitted on October 21, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 1,015 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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