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Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 6:00 PM
African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street, Houston, TX 77019
2nd Floor, Reading Room

Panelists: Naomi Mitchell Carrier, Executive Director of the Texas Center for African American Living History (TCAALH); Angela Holder, Professor of History at Houston Community College and descendant of Corporal Jesse Moore, Company I, 24th Infantry; Vinod Hopson, dramaturge, artist, and historian; and Jefferson Pinder, artist.

Race and Riots: The Legacy of Camp Logan will provide context for Jefferson Pinder’s projects Fire and Movement and Red Summer Road Trip. Race has been an element of many riots in American history, including the riot that followed the assault of an Army Sergeant in the Third Battalion of the 24th Infantry while stationed at Camp Logan. This panel presentation will explore the history of the Camp Logan Uprising in Houston and its aftermath which included, at that time, the largest murder trial in U.S. history, as well as the legacy of the 24th Infantry.

Fire and Movement is a newly commissioned public performance by interdisciplinary Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder. The artist and a trained group of performers will retrace the route and narrative of the 1917 Camp Logan Uprising (also known as the “Houston Riot” or “Camp Logan Mutiny”), one of Houston’s most complicated and often-misrepresented historical events. The uprising saw African American soldiers of the 3rd Battalion of the 24th United States Infantry revolt and attempt to march on the city after experiencing abuse from white citizens and the police in Jim Crow-era Houston.

Fire and Movement will take place on July 11, 2019 beginning at 7:00 pm, featuring Pinder and a group of performers who will embark on foot on a four-mile journey across the city that retraces the path of the soldiers’ movements according to transcripts and archival maps. Their journey will begin near the intersection of Detering Street and Washington Avenue, which is in the area of the original location of the 24th Infantry’s camp and was once a predominantly African American community that is currently affected by rising gentrification and cultural displacement. More info…


Full Caption: Largest Murder Trial in the History of the United States. Scene during Court Martial of 64 members of the 24th Infantry United States of America on trial for mutiny and murder of 17 people at Houston, Texas August 23, 1917. Trial held in Gift Chapel Fort Sam Houston. Trial started November 1, 1917, Brigadier General George K. Hunter presiding. Colonel J.A. Hull, Judge Advocate, Council for Defense, Major Harvy S. Grier. Major D.V. Sutphin, Assistant Advocate. Prisoners guarded by 19th Infantry Company C, Captain Carl J. Adler.

Source: National Archives at College Park [Public domain]