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In Hidalgo County, 10 out of 25 or 40% of the interracially married couples owned land.
The area of South Texas known as the Lower Rio Grande Valley became in the period between the U. Civil War and World War I one of the few regions south of the Mason-Dixon Line where racial miscegenation laws were frequently challenged.
As a consequence a small but significant number of prominent black-ethnic Mexican families emerged to complicate both the Anglo-Mexican and black- white racial dichotomies so common in the rest of the nation. Census of 1900 for Cameron County, Texas, which today is dominated by the cities of Harlingen and Brownsville, showed an unusual statistic.
In the article below historian Alberto Rodriquez describes that process. According to that census, 177 blacks formed 18 households in Cameron County.
However, over the years Walker resisted the pressures from her family and married her boyfriend over the years.
Lily Hernandez, 27, who is Mexican American, said while her family accepted her white boyfriend, they often get unwelcome stares from strangers.