Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry: Tejano Monument Reflects Longtime Contributions of Hispanics to Our Great State

Thursday, March 29, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry attended the dedication of a new monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds honoring Hispanic contributions to Texas History. The Tejano Monument is located on the south lawn.

"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 future of our state is tied directly to the future of our Hispanic population, and I believe we have a glorious future ahead of us."

The Tejano Monument was created by Laredo artist Armando Hinojosa and consists of 11 life-size sculptures commemorating the 500-year role of Tejanos in Texas and the Spanish-Mexican legacy in the state from 1500 to 1800.

Work on placing a Tejano Monument at the State Capitol began in 2001, when legislators passed and Gov. Perry signed legislation establishing it. In 2007, the Legislature approved $1.087 million for completion of the monument and an additional $1 million was raised through private donations.

Early Spanish and Mexican pioneers and their descendants have helped shape the way of life in Texas, dating back to the 1500s. Today, some of our state's top Hispanic leaders include Secretary of State Hope Andrade; Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Justice Elsa Alcala; Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman; Chancellor of the UT System Francisco Cigarroa; Austin Diocese Bishop Joe Vasquez; and Presiding Officer at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Jose Cuevas, just to name a few.

More information about the Tejano monument.

 


In Their Words »
Senator Judith Zaffirini
Sponsor for Legislation Creating Tejano Monument
Armando Hinojosa
Tejano Monument Artist
Dr. Cayetano Barrera
President, The Tejano Monument Committee
Learn more about:
Governor's Initiatives »
Connect With Us
Texas Governor's Office on Google+Google+ Texas Governor's Office on LinkedInLinkedIn Texas Governor's Office YouTube ChannelYouTube Sign Up For Email Updates - Opens New WindowEmail Texas Governor's Office Flickr Photo StreamFlickr RSS FeedsRSS Feeds FlipboardFlipboard InstagramInstagram
Related News
November 05, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
Statement by Gov. Perry on Prop. 6 Passage
July 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
Statement by Gov. Perry on Senate Action Regarding Transportation
July 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
Gov. Perry Calls a Third Special Session for July 30, 2013
July 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
Gov. Perry Calls Lawmakers Back for Third Special Session
View News Archive »