In 1928 Lyndon Johnson came to teach at Welhausen School in Cotulla, Texas, a small farming and ranching community about halfway between San Antonio and Laredo. His assignment was to teach 5th, 6th, and 7th graders at the school, which was segregated for the Mexican-American population of Cotulla.

Johnson established long-lasting friendships with his Mexican-American students and empathized with the socioeconomic problems they faced. He had enormous energy, a great capacity for work, the initiative to create projects for his students, and the ability to persuade others to assist with those projects. He brought strict discipline into his classroom and organized his young students to participate in debate, declamation, spelling bees, and physical education — opportunities they had never had before.

As a tribute to his legacy, a life-size bronze depiction of Johnson as a schoolteacher will be unveiled. This magnificent work of art is the creation of renown sculptor and artist, Armando Hinojosa. Hinojosa’s former projects include the “Tejano Monument” at the Texas Capitol grounds; “Double Eagles”, Sea World in San Antonio; “Among Friends, there are no Borders”, Laredo International Airport; and Veterans Monument in Laredo among others.

 

Saturday, April 13, 2019. •  Welhausen School
Meet and Greet / Tours start at 9:30 am
Unveiling Ceremony: 11:00 am