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The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 10 - Alfonso Laredo Flores Funeral (1971)

Richard Avena, Linda Wilson, Rebecca Avena

Silent | 1971

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  •  Scenes of the funeral for Alfonso Laredo Flores, a Pharr Police Riot victim 
  •  Family visiting the San Jose mission 
  •  Children playing in the backyard 
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This home movie captures scenes of the funeral service for Pharr Police Riot victim Alfonso Laredo Flores, followed by scenes of the Avenas visiting Mission San José in San Antonio. On February 6, 1971, a protest took place outside of Pharr City Hall in response to residential and school segregation still existing in the city and charges of police brutality against Mexican-Americans. Police fired on the protesters when they began to throw rocks, and Flores, a 20 year old bystander, became the only victim. An estimated 1,500 people attended the funeral and walked to Guadalupe Cemetery for burial, as seen in this film. Following the footage of the burial are scenes of Linda Wilson and her two daughters at Mission San José and in their yard in San Antonio, Texas.