Art installation honors Black soldiers killed after Houston Riot of 1917

A 112-foot art installation is on display at College Memorial Park Cemetery. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
A 112-foot art installation is on display at College Memorial Park Cemetery. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

A 112-foot art installation is on display at College Memorial Park Cemetery. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

A 112-foot art installation along College Memorial Park Cemetery’s fence went up in mid-July to honor the Black soldiers of the 24th Infantry, known as the “Houston 13.” The soldiers were hanged after leading the Camp Logan Mutiny of 1917 in response to the discrimination they faced within the army base as well as from members of the Houston Police Department.

The project, titled “Pardon Me 13.,” aims to educate residents about the soldiers’ story and to raise awareness of the soldiers' descendants’ petition to have them posthumously pardoned. It was commissioned by Art League Houston and the City of Houston’s “Insta11ations” grant program, which was intended to see the commission of one piece of public art in each of the city's 11 council districts.


The installation may be viewed at 3525 W. Dallas St., Houston. www.insta11ations.com
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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