(956) 727-0977 heritage@webbheritage.org

Laredo, Texas – The Webb County Heritage Foundation will host a public presentation and book-signing on Tejano Tiger – José de los Santos Benavides and the Texas – Mexico Borderlands, 1823-1891 by Jerry Thompson on Tuesday, April 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Villa Antigua® Border Heritage Museum, 810 Zaragoza St. Dr. Thompson will be available to answer questions and sign copies of his book after the presentation.

According to the book jacket, “This is the first in-depth study of José de los Santos Benavides, who was undoubtedly the single most important individual in the long and often violent history of Laredo, Texas.” Among other accomplishments, “Benavides reached the pinnacle of his military career as the highest-ranking Tejano in the entire Confederate army…He became an esteemed political leader, highly respected on both sides of the border. His life was one of endless struggle, difficult adaptation, and enduring perseverance, as well as binational leadership and skilled diplomacy.”

Dr. Jerry Thompson is Regents Professor of History at Texas A&M International University. A past president of the Texas State Historical Association, he has edited eight volumes and is the author of more than twenty books on the history of Texas and the Southwest.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, contact the Webb County Heritage Foundation at (956-727-0977.