1. I’ve never heard of the artist, Richard Pettibon and Victory Journal profiles him. His art is almost comic-like, except for his work on waves, which are incredibly serene to me and different than his other work.
2. Via Texas Monthly’s Wes Ferguson writes about a Mexican village, Nacimiento de los Negros in Coahuila, just south of Eagle Pass, that celebrates Juneteenth. Mexico had outlawed slavery decades before so many African-Americans made their way to Mexico:
Although few black people remain in northern Mexico, the region was once home to thousands who escaped slavery in the United States. Mexico outlawed slavery in 1829, an underlying factor in Texas’s declaration of independence seven years later. In 1836, there were an estimated 5,000 slaves in Texas, a number that ballooned by 1860 to 182,500—more than 30 percent of the state’s population.
Freedom lay just across the Rio Grande. Maria Esther Hammack, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, estimates that as many as 10,000 slaves followed a clandestine Southern Underground Railroad to Mexico. Most of them fled from Texas, but she’s found evidence of slaves escaping to Mexico from as far away as North Carolina.
Of all things, Nacimiento means “birth” in Spanish.
3. My friend Travis Hale write this about his journey figuring out what Black Lives Matter has evolved over time with him.
4. Bicycling’s Peter Flax writes about Leo Rodgers, a bicyclist who lost his left leg in a motorcycle accident, “My purpose in life is some kind of inspiration,” he says. “I’m working on it.”