La Voz Newspaper — Austin
AUSTIN — It has taken more than 10 years of fundraising, lobbying and organizing events but the placement of a Tejano monument on the grounds of the State Capitol in Austin, Texas will become a reality on March 29th, 2012.
On January 13th, 2012, the ground breaking for the monument was held on the Capitol grounds along with a press conference announcing the other events that will take with the unveiling in March. This monument symbolizes the immeasurable contribution that Tejanos have played in Texas history. But it also symbolizes the significance of the Tejano community in the future success of our state.
Armando Hinojosa is the sculptor who was tapped from among four others to bring to life his concept back in 2001. Over the last eight years, Hinojosa has worked with the Tejano Statute Committee and the Texas State Preservation Board on the final details for the monument.
Groups and individulas from around the state have also gotten behind this project over the years. They include, Dr. Andres Tijerina, professor at Austin Community College and a noted historian, Dan Arellano, an activist historian, author and community activist best known for his work behind getting the Battle of Medina to be recognized by the State of Texas for its historical importance.