Upcoming Exhibit at Perkins a Tribute to Tejano Pioneer

DALLAS (SMU) – A traveling photography exhibit depicting the life story of a Tejano pioneer will be on display at Perkins School of Theology beginning Nov. 16.

Co-Sponsored by the Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministry Program and The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins, “A Tejano Son of Texas” will be open for public viewing in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, 5901 Bishop Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 20.

The exhibit focuses on the life of José Policarpio “Polly” Rodríguez, a legendary Tejano Pioneer who is the epitome of Tejanos in 19th and early 20th century Texas and the many roles they played in its development. Polly was a surveyor, successful rancher, Texas Ranger and a Methodist minister.

Additionally, a screening of a documentary on Polly’s life will take place in the Great Hall of Prothro Building at 5 p.m. Nov. 17, followed by a lecture at 6 p.m. from historian Rudi R. Rodriquez and reception thereafter. All events on Nov. 17 are free and open to the public, but please RSVP to map@smu.edu if you plan on attending. Parking will be available in the Meadows Parking Center across from Prothro Hall.

The exhibit was procured by Texas Tejano, a San Antonio-based firm whose mission is to educate people about the contributions of early Texas Tejano Pioneers and to bring awareness to the true stories of their lives and legacies.

The Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministry Program (MAP) was founded in 1974 as the Mexican American Program, to prepare church leaders with knowledge and skills for effective ministry in Spanish-speaking contexts and cultures. MAP remains committed to recruiting, preparing, and providing continuing education for people in ministry with Hispanics-Latino/as.

The central mission of the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins School of Theology is to promote a deeper understanding of the varieties of religious life and expression within the Latino/a communities in the United States and in Latin America.


Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Pastoral Music (June 2016) as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.