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Sculptor Aaron P. Hussey’s final design for the Crossroads sculpture in San Marcos honoring Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr takes direction from a 1966 photograph of the two men in the White House’s Oval Office. These renderings show the sculpture during day, top, and at night. ILLUSTRATIONS by AARON P. HUSSEY

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The city of San Marcos and the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Committee will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new sculpture commemorating the civil rights legacy of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21.

A detail rendering of Hussey’s Crossroads sculpture shows how an image of the two men and virtues associated with their leadership will be cast as shadows on the floor of the memorial. ILLUSTRATION by AARON P. HUSSEY


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The ceremony will take place at the corner of LBJ Drive and MLK Street at 11 a.m. following the annual Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Hays County Courthouse. Participants will march from the courthouse to the memorial site via LBJ Drive.

The memorial was designed by artist Aaron Hussey of Baton Rouge, LA, whose design was selected from 54 entries in 2012 by an 11-member committee.

The design was later approved by city council. Hussey will be present at the ceremony.

“We are excited that our dream of establishing a memorial at this site is coming to fruition,” said Diann McCabe, chair of the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Committee. “The Crossroads of LBJ and MLK have a cultural and historical significance. The memorial stands as a link between traditionally African American, Latino, and Anglo communities.”

Following the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony, participants are invited to attend the “Everyone Deserves a Peace of the Pie” Social and enjoy a free piece of pie and coffee, hot chocolate, or water provided by local sponsoring organizations.

The social’s coordinator, Jeannie Lewis, who also chairs the Social Justice Committee of the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, says they are calling this pie social “Everyone Deserves a Peace of the Pie” with “Piece” purposely spelled “Peace” to give the saying a double or triple meaning.

“We want to honor the diversity of this community on MLK Day and celebrate how we all cooperate to make this community a better place to live,” Lewis said. “Giving and sharing a pie seems to me very symbolic of the idea that we’re all in this together and for each of us to have a piece is the right thing to do.”

Co-sponsoring organizations for the social are Jackson Chapel United Methodist Church, Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, and the Dunbar Heritage Association.
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All four sponsoring organizations are asking their members to bring pies. Residents who attend the annual MLK March, the groundbreaking ceremony or the sociall are also invited to bring a pie to share. Pies may be dropped off between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the intersection of LBJ Drive and MLK Street on the day of the ceremony.

For information, contact Lisa Morris, the parks and recreation department’s recreation manager, at 512-393-8400.

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2 thoughts on “City to break ground Jan. 21 on LBJ-MLK Crossroads

  1. Whose idea was it to honor King and Johnson at one of the very few intersections in the country, or world for that matter, with cross streets named after them? Of course I know that Mr. Harvey Miller is the answer, but everyone should know and honor his contribution to this project. This is his brain child and no one will be more proud when this baby takes its first breath and takes its place as a part of Texas history.

  2. Remarkable that we have come so far culturally. San Marcos is a small community, that loves their people, those of all races. We have done great things here in San Marcos to heal so many wounds that were race related. This is just one more of those “Big Thing” Look at us now. So many people to thank for this controbution.

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