In the early 1970s, Pharr, Texas, was still segregated after the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with anglos populating the south side and people of color living on the north side. The city council and the school boards were made up of anglo representatives even though Pharr residents were mostly people of color.

On Feb. 6, 1971, a peaceful gathering was held to call for more representation by people of color in local government. The peaceful gathering escalated into a riot instigated by fire hoses used on demonstrators by police, and it led to Deputy Sheriff Robert Johnson shooting Alfonso Loredo Flores, an innocent youth.

This photo by Jorge Lopez is in honor of Alfonso’s memory.

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