Massacre of Border Rage: A History of Racial Violence in the RGV

Historical black and white photo showing thousands of National Guardsmen marching in the streets of Brownsville, Texas.

The Rio Grande Valley’s complex identity is shaped by events like La Matanza of 1915, a period characterized by racial violence against Mexican-Americans and Hispanics. This was a period of persecution, brutality, and discrimination, leaving a legacy that still echoes to this day.