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Alice in Jim Wells County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Alonso S. Perales

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By Tom Anderson, November 17, 2020
1. Alonso S. Perales Marker
Inscription.  Alonso Perales, born on Oct. 17, 1898 in Alice, was orphaned at a young age, losing his father, Nicolas Perales, at age six and his mother, Susana Sandoval, at age twelve. Perales graduated from Alice High School and attended Draughon's Practical Business College. During World War I, his stenography skills earned a job as a U.S. Army field clerk. Perales moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce. He received a B.A. from George Washington University and a law degree in 1926. His skills as a bilingual lawyer led to a job with the U.S. Department of State, where he served on 13 diplomatic missions to Mexico, the West Indies and Central and South America. Perales was an attorney on General Pershing's staff for the Tacna-Arica Commission in 1925-26, and a legal advisor to the electoral mission in Nicaragua in 1928, 1930 and 1932.

On June 29, 1927, Perales issued a press release publicizing his new law offices in McAllen and Rio Grande City, as well as "preliminary steps for the formation…of a strong entity of American citizens of Mexican origin whose exclusive objective would be to sincerely work for pro intellectual,
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By Google Streetview, August 2016
2. Alonso S. Perales Marker
Archelaus Bynum Dodson marker is on the left and Alonso S. Perales marker is on the right.
economic, social and political improvement." On Aug. 14, 1927 at a civil rights conference in Harlingen, Perales, J. T. Canales and Luz Saenz, members of the League of Latin American Citizens, supported a resolution to unify all Mexican-American organizations. That action led to the founding of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on February 17, 1929. Perales was a prominent civil rights leader through LULAC and through hundreds of essays, speeches, and newspaper articles and three books. He died in San Antonio on May 9, 1960 and was buried in Collins Cemetery, next to his mother. In 1977, San Antonio's Edgewood ISD dedicated Alonso S. Perales Elementary School.
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17587.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsHispanic Americans.
Location. 27° 45.197′ N, 98° 2.777′ W. Marker is in Alice, Texas, in Jim Wells County. Marker is on South Flournoy Road (Farm to Market Road 1931) south of Sain Drive (County Road 342), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alice TX 78332, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Archelaus Bynum Dodson (a few steps from this marker).
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 Perales, Alonso S. (1898–1960) - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on November 18, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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