African-American History Memorial Unveiled on Texas Capitol Grounds

Nov 19, 2016

Gov. Greg Abbott and members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus dedicated a monument at the Capitol Saturday morning honoring the contributions of African-Americans.

The monument on the Capitol's south lawn highlights the African-American experience in Texas from the 1500s to slavery and emancipation to more modern achievements in the arts and sciences.

KUT's Kate McGee was there to watch the unveiling.

Meantime, a pair of protests were planned on the Capitol grounds. Organizers of a "White Lives Matter" protest reportedly said the timing of their event was coincidental. There were only about a dozen people present, but the chants began before the African-American memorial had even been unveiled.

A counter-protest was also present. Around 75 people showed up for the "Smash Fascism" protest just as the dedication ceremony was finishing.