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Photos: See the Unveiling of the Tejano Monument

Photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

A monument honoring the contributions of Spanish and Mexican pioneers in Texas history was unveiled on the south lawn of the Capitol this morning.

Officials including Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst took part in the ceremony, along with hundreds of citizens excited a monument honoring Texas' unsung forebearers had been installed on the Capitol grounds.

The Tejano Monument is comprised of  11  bronze, life-size sculptures created by Laredo artist Armando Hinojosa.

KUT News caught up with Hinojosa at a reception yesterday. He called the monument long overdue.  “I just want people to know where the state started from,” he said. “Not with the Alamo and Jim Bowie and Davie Crockett. They came because they were mercenaries, because they wanted land. But there were people here already.”

A parade celebrating the monument’s unveilingbegins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Congress Avenue.

You can view Filipa Rodrigues' photos for KUT News in the slideshow below. 

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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