Letter to LBJ
After being telephoned by the Longoria family on January 10, 1949,
Dr. Garcia called Mr. Tom Kennedy the Funeral Director of Three Rivers
Funeral Home only to be rebuffed. It was then that Dr. Garcia wrote
this letter to U.S. Senator Lyndon Johnson asking for his intervention.
The incident drew commentary from the national news media Drew Pearson,
Walter Winchell, and Westbrook Pegler. Walter Winchell said, "The state
of Texas, which looms so large on the map, looks mighty small tonight…"
Because of the largely negative attention that Texas received, Dr.
Garcia and his family received many insults and threats.