At Thursday's long-awaited dedication of the Tejano Monument at the Capitol, hundreds of schoolchildren will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and the descendants of pioneer Tejano settlers will unveil some of the 10 pieces of the massive granite and bronze statuary. Children will lift the veils off statues depicting a young boy and girl.
Like the monument, a vision conceived in 2000 and meticulously crafted over the past decade, incorporating children and families in the ceremony is by design.
"The message is that it's not about the bronze and the stone and the past. The monument is a statement about modern Texas and living Texans," said Andrés Tijerina, an Austin Community College history professor and one of the leaders behind the nearly $2 million project.
A tribute to Texas' early Spanish and Mexican explorers, settlers and their descendants, the Tejano Monument is the first of its kind at the Capitol. Supporters say it recovers hundreds of years of Texas history, a story usually not told in the conventional narrative that begins with the arrival of Anglos from other states in the 1800s.
Information from Austin American-Statesman