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Texas A&M-Kingsville Partners with LULAC #1 in New Civil Rights Museum Project

KINGSVILLE - February 11, 2014

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Texas A&M University-Kingsville will partner with the LULAC Council #1 Foundation in the creation of a new museum in Corpus Christi highlighting the area’s rich history in the larger Hispanic civil rights movement.

 Corpus Christi City Council today approved a 5-year lease agreement between the city and LULAC Council #1 to lease the Grande-Grossman House, located in Corpus Christi’s Heritage Park. The facility will house the Tejano Civil Rights Museum.

A Memorandum of Understanding between A&M-Kingsville and LULAC Council No. 1 Foundation paves the way for multiple academic departments to provide content for the museum, including art exhibits, historical displays and lectures.

“We’re honored that LULAC Council #1 asked us to partner with them on this project,” said Dr. Abbey Zink, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at A&M-Kingsville. “The Tejano Civil Rights Museum will showcase an important—and too often overlooked—aspect of South Texas history. This is an exciting day for the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas A&M-Kingsville, as several of our faculty do related research and creative work. We look forward to sharing Tejano and Mexican-American culture and heritage with as broad an audience as possible.” 

Del Mar College and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will also partner with the museum, said Dr. Nick Adame, president of LULAC Council No. 1.

“The concept of the Tejano Civil Rights Museum (Tejano House) came about because of the need to educate our children on their heritage, their history,” Adame said. “Corpus Christi is the birthplace of Hispanic civil rights and there should be a museum dedicated to the struggles that our forefathers went through so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. The Tejano House will provide one of the avenues to explore and learn about Tejano culture and its roots.”

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