In San Antonio, Remembering More Than the Alamo

Innovators Are Using Digital Tools to Tell Stories of the City’s Black and Latinx History

In San Antonio, Texas, one memorial—the church-turned-fort-turned-shrine of the Alamo—dominates the landscape. At the Alamo, the artifacts, images, and captions on display tell a unified story: That martyrs died there for Texas independence and that their sacrifice will never be forgotten. The didactics urge the public to observe this history with solemnity and reverie.

Yet the story is one-sided. While there were many root causes of the Alamo siege, one of the most important was that Texas Anglos were fighting Mexican soldiers to uphold slavery. In San Antonio, as in many …

Is San Antonio America’s Most Progressive City?

From Immigration to Education, My Hometown Is Paving the Way for the Future. But It Took Me Years to Realize It

When people ask me where I’m from, I say I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but grew up in San Antonio. I start with Caracas because it’s an instant conversation …