"Connecting Tejanos with their Past and with their Future" Lecture Series

"Llorona" Josefa "Chipita" Rodriguez

March 2020 - TBA

Teatro's Cultural Arts Center


Deboarh Kuetzpal Vasquez

Deborah Kuetzpal Vasquez will be painting workshop on Texas own “Llorona” Josefa “Chipita” Rodriguez. Vasquez will tell the story Chipita Rodriguez as the workshop participants paint a beautiful gnarled tree by the Nueces River with a ghostlike image of a woman superposed on the tree and the river. As they paint a canvas with a traced image, Vasquez will share glimpses of Chipita’s tragic story. She moved with her father Patricio Rodriguez to San Patricio de Hibernia, Texas. After her father’s death, she furnished travelers with meals on the porch of her lean-to shack. Chipita was the first woman hung unjustly with circumstantial evidence in Texas on Friday, November 13, 1863. Some say she was in her late sixties others say she was 90, when she was accused of dismembering and robbing a man.  Although prominent community members asked Sheriff Neans to not carry out the sentence since Chipita was elderly, and never appeared to be violent or mean-spirited. Chipita’s moans and apparition is seen haunting the banks of the Nueces River. In 1985, Carlos Truan of Corpus Christi asked the Texas Legislature to absolve Chipita Rodriguez of murder. On June 13, 1985, the 69th legislature passed the resolution and Governor Mark White signed the resolution.