In 1904, New York nuns brought forty Irish orphans to the remote Arizona mining camp of Clifton/Morenci to be placed with Catholic families. The Catholic families were Mexican, as was the majority of the population. Soon the town’s Anglos, furious at this “interracial” transgression, formed a vigilante squad that kidnapped the children and nearly lynched the nuns and the local priest. The Catholic Church sued to get its wards back, but all the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, ruled in favor of the vigilantes. DCWM Adjunct Curator of History Eduardo Pagán will tell the story of the Great Arizona Orphan Abduction, delving into the conditions in the U.S. allowed the episode to happen.
11 a.m. | Cultural Crossroads Learning Center | Included with paid Museum admission; free for Museum Members