Tejano Statue to Grace Capitol Grounds

A press conference was held at the state Capitol on March 5, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss State Representative Ismael “Kino” Flores’ (D-Palmview), proposal in House Concurrent Resolution 38 which would direct the State Preservation Board to erect a statue on the Capitol grounds commemorating the contributions of Tejanos to the State of Texas. The intent of House Concurrent Resolution 38 is to ensure that the contributions of Tejanos to the state of Texas are realized, documented and never forgotten.

"I am very honored to be a part of this effort which will finally share our Tejano heritage and contributions with the entire state. This monument is long overdue, especially considering that Tejanos were among the first inhabitants of Texas and should be credited for many of the state’s early innovations such as farming and ranching techniques, the birth of the “vaquero” which the American Cowboy is based upon, many of the state’s cultural and culinary favorites, numerous fine examples of architecture, and the language which es embedded in everyday use, to name a few,” said Flores.

Because the resolution stipulates that the monument will be privately funded and designed, Rep.
Flores has already met with constituents from around the state who are committed to a fund raising effort and passage of the resolution. A committee of historians, private business leaders, academia, and government agencies was formed to get through preliminary planning and paperwork, and a larger steering committee is being created in order to include as many people as possible from across the state to be a part of the project.

Questions regarding support of the statue, making donations, or participating in events surrounding the statue, should be directed to Rep. Flores’ Capitol Office at 512-463-0704.

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