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Historians bringing long-forgotten German POW camp back

Prisoners enjoyed sports on recreation fields. Non-commissioned officers and those of higher rank were not required to work. Soccer was a popular pasttime.

Historians bringing long-forgotten German POW camp back

Prisoners enjoying their weekly beer allotment in the canteen at Camp Hearne.

Historians bringing long-forgotten German POW camp back

Theater at Camp Hearne where prisoners put on their own performances. The front row was reserved for camp officials

Historians bringing long-forgotten German POW camp back

Prisoner mail at Camp Hearne. Mail for all German prisoners in the United States was sorted at the camp

Historians bringing long-forgotten German POW camp back

Canteen at Camp Hearne. All prisoners received coupons to use for cigarettes and other items.

Happy Women's History Month. Real-life "Rosies" Bennice Vick Russell and sister-in-law Marjorie Vick share a soda during a break at Brown Shipbuilding Co. in Houston, TX. 1944 #houston #history

Historians bringing long-forgotten German POW camp back

After being captured in North Africa, the first German POWs arrived at Camp Hearne on June 3, 1943.

Historians bringing long-forgotten German POW camp back

HEARNE - Gazing across these peaceful, wooded flatlands in the Brazos Valley, it's hard to envision the thousands of German prisoners of war who once walked here, so far removed from the war.

Alexander Somervell to Sam Houston, March 31, 1842 Page 1 General Rafael Vsquez invaded San Antonio in March 1842. Mayor Juan Seguín and most of the Hispanic population of the city evacuated the city during the invasion, leading Anglos to suspect Seguín of being in league with the invaders. In this letter to President Sam Houston, General Alexander Somervell proposes a scheme by which Seguín could redeem himself by acting as a go-between with Mexican General Mariano Arista. The plan fizzled

On integration, jazz and the arrest of Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie in Houston

Ella Fitzgerald, left, and her assistant Georgiana Henry at Houston Police Department headquarters following their arrest on Oct. 7, 1955, for shooting dice. From http://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhistory/2011/01/on-integration-jazz-and-the-arrest-of-ella-fitzgerald-and-dizzy-gillespie-in-houston/