- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The state of Texas is set to dedicate a Capitol monument to the contributions of African-Americans.

Gov. Greg Abbott is scheduled to join members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus for the unveiling on Saturday.

It will be the 21st monument on the Capitol grounds and the second memorial dedicated to a specific ethnic group. Texas installed the Tejano Monument to Mexican-American history in 2012.

The African-American monument will be located on the Capitol’s south lawn, close to other monuments that honor Confederate soldiers for their service during the Civil War.

The new monument features the African-American experience in Texas, from exploration in the 1500s to slavery and emancipation to achievement in arts and science.


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