On April 16, 1947, one of the largest non-nuclear explosions ever unleashed a destructive force that killed more than 600 people and injured over 5,000, and nearly wiped the Gulf Coast port of Texas City off the map – the deadliest industrial disaster in American history. At the time, eyewitness Robert Roten was a 13-year old schoolboy who later went on to work as a top executive in the petrochemical industry whose products fueled the massive blast. Also, he lived and participated in multiple community activities rebuilding and renewing Texas City for another 18 years.
Roten's experience is the focus of "The Fall and Rise of Texas City," a compact yet comprehensive and elegant documentary from Houston filmmaker and historian Andy Hollan along with his Hyde Park Group. It blends together historic photos and footage and a Q&A discussion with Roten (pictured with narrator Nowrin Amin) about the disaster, its aftermath, and how Texas City recovered to become an international port and thriving industrial community.
Robert will be sharing his story about the recovery of Texas City at the Museum starting at 11:00AM, just after the Survivors Reunion Photo. Please join us for this free talk.