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 states early innovations such as farming and ranching techniques, the birth of the vaquero which the American Cowboy is based upon, many of the states 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.
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.