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LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Project [Rendering by artist Aaron Hussey] A crowd gathered at the Hays County courthouse to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [Photo by Evan Miller] The Jackson Chapel United Methodist Choir performed gospel songs. [photo by Evan Miller] [photo by Evan Miller] Several hundred people marched to the site of the groundbreaking. [photo by Evan Miller] Artist Aaron Hussey spoke about his inspiration for the sculpture. [photo by Evan Miller] This is thought to be the only intersection in the country of MLK and LBJ streets. [photo by Evan Miller] San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, and others break ground. [photo by Evan Miller]

The LBJ MLK Crossroads Memorial Project

Jan 24, 2013

On January 21, 2013— Martin Luther King Day—over 100 people gathered in front of the Hays Courthouse in San Marcos, Texas to celebrate the birthday of the slain civil rights leader and the groundbreaking of a memorial to be built at the intersection of Lyndon Baines Johnson Street and Martin Luther King Street. The memorial was designed by artist Aaron Hussey of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, whose design was chosen by an 11-member committee from 54 entries in 2012. 

“We are excited that our dream of establishing a memorial at this site is coming to fruition,” Diann McCabe, chair of the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Committee, said. “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.” 

The artist said that he drew inspiration for the monument from a historic photograph of the two leaders.

"The shape of the oval harkens to the oval office, where LBJ and MLK sat drinking tea and discussing these issues," he said.

Hussey hopes to complete the monument this summer so that the city can install it on August 27, LBJ's birthday. read more