Carmelita Torres and the Bath Riots of 1917
Time: 2-3 p.m. Cost: Free Brief Description: Presented by Dr. David Romo this talk will focus on the story of the Bath Riots at the Santa Fe International Bridge, led by Carmelita Torres, a 17-year old woman from Ciudad Juárez who crossed into El Paso every morning to clean American homes. More than 2,000 women joined the protest denouncing the humiliating delousing at the border checkpoints where Mexican border crossers were forced to strip naked and be bathed with noxious chemical pesticides. The talk will explore how the history of that little-known incident continued to have repercussions on the history of the U.S.-Mexico border and other parts of the world decades later.
Dr Romo is the author of the award-winning Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juárez, 1893-1923. He is currently a resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research at Santa Fe, New Mexico.