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“Zoot Suit Murders of 1943,” by Trisha Stanton

Trisha Stanton, local historian and author, presents “Zoot Suit Murders of 1943,” the monthly History Notes lecture at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St.

Stanton will talk about the Zoot Suit Riots that erupted in Los Angeles in the summer of June 1943. The riots occurred in Southern California over racial tensions between American servicemen and Mexican-American youth who dressed in broad-shouldered zoot suits. The five-day riot resulted in more than 500 arrests and approximately 150 injuries. Stanton will discuss the cause of the riots and their eventual conclusion.

Trisha Stanton grew up in Socorro, New Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the College of Santa Fe (CSF), where she was the first full-time female student at CSF. She later received her Master of Arts in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, with a thesis focusing on Navajo-Hopi land disputes.

“History Notes,” monthly lectures on historical topics, take place on the second Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. Lectures are free to the public. Go online at:, or, for a full listing of these and other public programs hosted by the Branigan Cultural Center and the City of Las Cruces Museums.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For addition information call 575/541-2154.