Memorials around the Texas Capitol grounds have long honored heroes and moments of Texas' storied past, from the Alamo to the Confederacy and more recent fallen warriors.
Joining them this month is a tribute to Texas' earliest pioneers, Tejano settlers. On March 29th, a massive granite and bronze memorial to those early Spanish and Mexican explorers, settlers and their descendants will be formally dedicated on the South lawn of the state Capitol.
The monument is the culmination of a decade-long effort to honor their history.
Renato Ramirez, a bank CEO in Zapata, says the state has ignored the role of Hispanics in settled Texas for too long. Ramirez' family gave $125,000 for the $2 million project.