Memorial to Black Texans to be Unveiled at Capitol

Photo by Steve Moakley, Photographer - Texas House of Representatives
The monument to Black Texans will be the last monument to be erected on the Capitol's South grounds under current law.

Members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus will host a Nov. 19 ceremony to unveil the Texas African American History Memorial at the Capitol. The memorial, which will be unveiled at 10 a.m., is currently being installed on the Capitol’s South grounds. It will be the last monument to be erected on the Capitol’s South grounds under current law.

State Rep. Helen Giddings, Chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, announced the unveiling on Oct. 10, along with other members of the caucus, members of the Texas African American History Memorial Foundation, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

In his remarks, Mayor Turner said the memorial is for all Texans, and all Texans should make plans to attend the Nov. 19th unveiling ceremony. State Sen. Rodney Ellis, who helped pass legislation paving the way for the memorial, recognized early contributions made by former State Rep. Al Edwards.

“We are thrilled the day has come where the stories of struggle, resolve and triumph will be honored on our Capitol grounds,” said Rep. Giddings. “African American history is Texas history and that will be realized with this monument,” Giddings said.

African American history is Texas history.

Lunch will be served after the unveiling, and the Texas African American History Memorial Foundation will precede the unveiling with a reception on Nov. 18th.

The Texas Memorial Foundation has raised nearly $3 million for the monument. The Foundation commissioned Ed Dwight, of Denver, Colorado, as the sculptor.

For more information, visit the memorial website .

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