Rural cemetery practices: Mexicans and Nixon, Texas

dc.contributor.advisorMéndez-Negrete, Josie
dc.contributor.authorPerez, Tess
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMiranda, Marie
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSánchez, Patricia
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dc.description.abstractThis study focuses on segregated cemetery burials and its practices of racially segregated cemeteries in a rural South Texas town. Presently, racial segregation continues to dictate specificities of burial sites according to race. I focus on the historical origins of this practice over time in the city of Nixon, Texas, a tradition that foments control and social dominance over Mexican Americans. This cultural accommodation and ambivalence towards segregation in the community continues to be in practice. With this visual and spatial ethnographic account, I rely on photographs and topographic maps to document and make visible five burial sites: The Latin American Cemetery, the HC-RS Cemetery what was previously known as the Nixon Negro Cemetery, Nixon Cemetery, Rancho Cemetery, and St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, formerly known as Demmer Cemetery. I illustrate and document these practices with photographic images of ancestors buried in the Latin American Cemetery. With burial dates and surnames of the deceased, as well as geographical location pertaining to the graves, I map out racialized burial practices, so as to make visible and expose racism in South Texas. Also, I call attention to the existence of such sites with the goal of inducting these cemeteries into the National Registry of Historical Landmarks.
dc.description.departmentBicultural-Bilingual Studies
dc.format.extent70 pages
dc.subjectBurial customs
dc.subjectFunerary practices
dc.subjectMexican American culture
dc.subjectRacialized cultural practices
dc.subjectSegregated cemeteries
dc.subject.classificationEthnic studies
dc.subject.classificationCultural anthropology
dc.subject.classificationLatin American studies
dc.subject.lcshCemeteries -- Social aspects -- Texas -- Nixon
dc.subject.lcshBurial -- Social aspects -- Texas -- Nixon
dc.subject.lcshMexican Americans -- Texas -- Nixon -- Social life and customs
dc.subject.lcshSegregation -- Texas -- Nixon -- Religious aspects
dc.subject.lcshNixon (Tex.) -- Race relations
dc.titleRural cemetery practices: Mexicans and Nixon, Texas
dcterms.accessRightspq_closed Studies of Texas at San Antonio of Arts


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