Laredo in Webb County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
El Primer Congreso Mexicanista
(The First Mexican Congress)
On September 14 1911, the owners of Laredo newspaper La Crónica organized El Primer Congreso Mexicanista (The First Mexican Congress), which brought together Mexican Americans from across Texas and citizens of northern Mexico. This gathering, likely the largest Mexican American Civil Rights meeting to that time, addressed growing economic disparities, racial violence, labor exploitation, inadequate educational opportunities, women's rights and social discrimination. Delegates frequently referred to the recent lynchings of Antonio Rodríguez in Rocksprings and Antonio Gómez in Thorndale as examples of the dire threats they faced.
With representatives from dozens of cities and towns, the congress met for more than a week, in conjunction with
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18153.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Hispanic Americans • Women. A significant historical date for this entry is September 14, 1911.
Location. 27° 30.409′ N, 99° 30.691′ W. Marker is in Laredo, Texas, in Webb County. Marker is at the intersection of Davis Avenue and Houston Street, on the left when traveling north on Davis Avenue. The marker is located at the eastern section of the Saint Peter's Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laredo TX 78040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jovita Idar (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Post Office and Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Laredo World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holding Institute (Laredo Seminary) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jarvis Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Texas Mexican Railway (approx. 0.3 miles away); Webb County (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laredo.
Also see . . . Congreso Mexicanista. Texas State Historical Association
The Congreso Mexicanista, sometimes referred to as El Primer Congreso Mexicanista, met in Laredo from September 14 to 22, 1911. Clemente Idar, whose family owned and published La Crónica, proposed the meeting to organize the Gran Liga Mexicanista de Beneficencia y Protección (Great Mexican League for Benefit and Protection) to advance education, culture, and civil rights for Mexican Americans. The Idars invited the OCH (Orden Caballeros de Honor), members of lodges and sociedades mutualistas, all Mexican consuls in the state,(Submitted on August 1, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.