Jade and quartz necklace from the President of Mexico

[LBJ Library photo by Ruth Goerger]

This week's artifact is a Head of State gift from Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, the President of Mexico. This necklace (1964.41.2) consists of pale green jade and white quartz beads, with gold beads interspersed throughout. The jade beads are believed to be of pre-Columbian age and of Guatemalan origin. 

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One of LBJ's first jobs was as an elementary school teacher in Cotulla, Texas where his students were Mexican-American children. On November 7, 1966, Johnson returned to Cotulla to speak. In the audience were the Mayor and many of his former students. He said, "Until every Mexican-American child has the right to go through grade school and high school and college, and get all the education that he can or will take, I shall not be satisfied." read more

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