Three Rivers in Live Oak County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The funeral rites of Three Rivers native Felix Longoria advanced public debate on the status and rights of Mexican-Americans and military veterans. Private First Class Longoria enlisted in the U.S. Army in Nov. 1944 and was killed during the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines. His parents received his posthumous medals, while his wife and daughter moved to Corpus Christi after the war. Longoria's remains were repatriated in 1948, and his widow Beatrice received a telegram requesting a burial site. In Jan. 1949, she met with the owner and undertaker of Three Rivers' only funeral home (at this site) to discuss arrangements. The men refused to host a wake in the funeral home chapel, suggesting Longoria's family home would be more suitable. The decisions was widely interpreted to be racially based; at the time, separation between Anglo and Mexican-American citizens was commonplace and codified by state and federal laws.
Beatrice and her family turned to Dr. Hector Garcia, who had formed the American G.I. Forum in Corpus Christi the previous year to promote rights for returning veterans. Garcia contacted state and federal officials
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16279.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic Americans • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1949.
Location. 28° 27.677′ N, 98° 10.966′ W. Marker is in Three Rivers, Texas, in Live Oak County. Marker is on North Harborth Avenue (U.S. 281) south of East Alexander Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 N Harborth Avenue, Three Rivers TX 78071, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jessy Franklin Gray (here, next to this marker); Rialto Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Loma Sandia Prehistoric Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away); Oakville Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Town of Oakville (approx. 5 miles away); Live Oak County Jail (approx. 5 miles away); Birthplace of J. Frank Dobie (approx. 9.7 miles away); City of George West (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Three Rivers.
More about this marker. The marker was originally located at 205 Thornton Street in front of the funeral home (now demolished) noted in the marker text. The marker was relocated to the City Hall grounds in 2015.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 29, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.