New Monument Honors Hispanic Contributions To Texas History
AUSTIN -- A monument honoring the contributions of Texas Hispanic leaders was dedicated today on the south lawn of the Texas State Capitol. Among those in attendance was Gov. Rick Perry, who praised past leaders in the Hispanic community, and said the future of Texas is directly linked to the future of its Hispanic population.
"This important monument reflects a larger truth about the origins of Texas, about the contributions of so many Hispanic citizens to the creation of the state we love and the lives we share," Gov. Perry said. "These contributions are ongoing with Latinos providing political, business and spiritual leadership in communities throughout Texas."
The Tejano Monument, created by Laredo artist Armando Hinojosa, is made up of 11 life-size sculptures depicting the 500-year role of Tejanos statewide, and the Spanish-Mexican legacy in Texas from 1500 to 1800.
Work on the monument began in 2001, when legislation was passed and then signed by Gov. Perry establishing it. In 2007, the Texas Legislature approved $1.087 million for completion of the monument. An additional $1 million was raised through private donations.
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