This year’s Martin Luther King Day will feature the commemoration and dedication of the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial in San Marcos.
San Marcos is home to the only place in the nation where the roads of LBJ and MLK meet. The Crossroads Project team has worked together for years to create a memorial at that intersection to honor President Lyndon B. Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, the two men who created the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Crossroads Project team member Arthur Taylor says the memorial will have a profound impact on San Marcos.
“Over the years, I have seen San Marcos grow… I think that by doing this project, it’s going to help people understand a little bit better about each other, and about the culture that we live in.”
– Arthur Taylor
The monument itself, created by Louisiana artist Aaron Hussey, will feature the two historic leaders in discussion. San Marcos Director of Communications Melissa Millecam says the monument stems from years of work.
“It brings to fruition decades of effort to recognize the breakthroughs in civil rights that individuals have made in this community. One of the things we’ll be doing on Sunday night is we’ll be honoring trail blazers… who have made a big difference in this town.”
– Melissa Millecam
The public reception honoring LBJ, MLK and other civil rights trail-blazers will be on Sunday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. On Monday, there will be a march starting at the Hays County Courthouse at 10 a.m. and a dedication of the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial, followed by a peace pie social.
Tara Pohlmeyer, KTSW News