Monday, August 07, 2006

Famous last words?

On this date in 1917, the Houston Post gave an update as to how the military police were doing at Camp Logan.

"Military policemen are succeeding in keeping good order among the negro soldiers stationed at Camp Logan," the Post reported in its August 7 edition.

Three days earlier, the paper reported that two black soldiers were arrested for being out past their midnight curfew.

"They are N.B. Shelton and Geo. Matahews. Both were turned over to camp authorities," according to the newspaper.

This is one post in a series of entries about the tensions leading up to the Aug. 23 riot.

For more on the riot that would occur in the coming weeks, check out this Web site.

More information on the riot can be found at the Handbook of Texas Online.



At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ring leaders were taken to Ft.Sam Houston, court marshalled and executed. Their bodies were still buried in the post cemetery
at the time of WWII. Theree is a good book on the subject written by a UH professor. It is said that Judge Crooker was brought into the army to try them and that is how Fulbright Crooker (now Jaworski) came into being.

At 5:20 PM, Blogger J.R.G. said...

One book available is called "A Night of Violence" by Robert V. Haynes. Is that the same book? I haven't been able to find a book about it in print, and some dealers on Amazon sell it for $280! I'd like to get my hands on a copy sometime.


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