UTRGV researchers highlight Rio Grande Valley's role in the Underground Railroad

3 years 8 months 4 days ago Wednesday, June 17 2020 Jun 17, 2020 June 17, 2020 11:49 PM June 17, 2020 in News - Local

In the Rio Grande Valley, what started as a couple fighting for their love turned into a system that helped others.

A documentary film depicts two mixed-race families — the Webers and the Jacksons — that settled in the Rio Grande Valley.

John Weber purchased Sylvia Hector’s freedom from a neighbor after their third child.

The couples bought thousands of acres of land by the Rio Grande — located in Pharr, San Juan, Alamo and Donna. It served as an excellent escape route for slaves fleeing to Mexico.

Watch the video above for the full report.

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