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The History of the Southern District of Texas - The Brownsville Division (2002)

Brownsville Historical Association

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  •  Debates of statehood after independence from Mexico, 1846 
  •  John C. Watrous, appointed district judge May 29, 1846 
  •  Galveston and Brownsville designated for federal cases 
  •  Jan 22, 1852, 1st hearing in Brownsville, 12th Street and East Elizabeth 
  •   1857 division between East and West Texas 
  •  Judge Thomas S. Maxey, June 25, 1888 
  •  W.H. Crane and Benjamin Kowalski, plan Federal Courthouse, completed 1892 
  •  Four districts created by Theodore Roosevelt, March 4, 1902, Waller T. Burns appointed 
  •  Joseph C. Hutchinson appointed by Woodrow Wilson, April 16, 1918 
  •  1930's Federal Courthouse, completed 1933 
  •  Judge Reynaldo G. Garza biography 
  •  Judge Philemon Vela, Sr. biography 
  •  Judge Hilda G. Tagle biography 
  •  Judge Andrew S. Hanen biography 
  •  Magistrate Judge John William Black biography 
  •  Magistrate Judge Felix Recio biography 
  •  United States Attorney Office description 
  •  Federal Public Defender's Office description 
  •  United States Marshall Service description 
  •  District Clerk's Office description 
  •  United States Probation Office description 
  •  United States Pretrial Services Office description 
  •  The Federal Library description 
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This film, produced by Acclaim Media Productions and the Cameron County Bar Association, presents a history of the Southern District of Texas, one of the four U.S. Federal District Courts in the state. It also introduces the district judges, past and present, who have served on the court, including commentary by recent judges, Reynaldo Garza, Filemon Vela, and Hilda Tagle. Brownsville serves as the seat of the Brownsville Division of the Southern District of Texas and the film gives brief histories its federal courthouses - historic and current.
In 1947, the Brownsville Historical Association opened Brownsville’s first history museum at Fort Brown. Since then, the mission of the Brownsville Historical Association has been to promote the history and heritage of Brownsville, Texas through educational and outreach programs. The organization also provides programming at its several venues on a year-round basis. These programs include fine arts exhibitions, school collaborations, preservation education, and community pride celebrations.