Posted by on April 25, 2019 2:00 am
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Many in south Texas see the border as a symbol of a national identity that not only excludes but also marginalizes them

Alongside a one-room church, surrounded by farmland and a tangle of south Texas chaparral, a former slave master and a freed slave lay buried. Husband and wife. Nathaniel Jackson was a white man born into privilege on his father’s plantation. Matilda Hicks once labored on a Georgia plantation. In 1857, Matilda and Nathaniel, along with their children, six other mixed-race families and 12 freed slaves, set off from Alabama and settled near the Rio Grande, a few miles from San Juan, Texas.

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