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Anna M. Canales Photograph Collection of the Creation of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Statue and the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Garcia Plaza at TAMU-CC

 Collection
Identifier: Coll-244
The collection includes ninety-nine black and white photographs. The majority concern the creation of the bronze statue of Dr. Hector P. Garcia by Roberto Garcia Jr. with the assistance of Ana Barrerra Garcia. The remaining photos depict the groundbreaking ceremony for the Garcia Plaza at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Hector P. Garcia attended the event on June 28, 1996. Less than a month later, on July 26, 1996 Dr. Garcia passed away at the age of 82. President Bill Clinton presented a eulogy for him.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1995-1996

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to taking precautions against infringement of copyright and respecting the publication rights of reproduced materials. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards. Any materials used should be fully credited with their source according to the example given in the Preferred Citation note. Requests for assistance with citations and images of publication quality should be directed to specialcollections@tamucc.edu

Extent

99 Photographic Prints (99 black/white photos in envelopes with metadata on envelope) : 99 black/white photos ; photos are 3.5 x 5 inches

Overview

Anna Mariá Canales was the first assistant artist employed at the Falcon Foundry Studio in Ricardo, Texas by Roberto Garcia Jr., the artist of the bronze Dr. Hector P. Garcia statue now standing in the Garcia Plaza at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her photographs document the step by step process of the creation of the sculpture and of the groundbreaking ceremony in 1995.

Biographical / Historical

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Hector P. Garcia Plaza, located centrally on the campus of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was held in 1995. The 1,800-pound bronze statue of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, physician and civil rights leader, and the Garcia Plaza was dedicated on June 28, 1996. The colorful plaza includes a stage, covered seating, a fountain, and the statue of Dr. Garcia. President Clinton called Dr. Garcia apologizing for not being able to attend the dedication and inquiring about Dr. Garcia’s ailing health. In the following years two traditions involving the Garcia statue developed. ROTC members salute Dr. Hector P. Garcia when they go by and students believe touching the foot of the statue might give them good luck when sitting for exams. At the time that artist Roberto Garcia Jr. created the Garcia statue, the artist’s studio, the Falcon Foundry Studio was in Ricardo, Texas. Today the artist and his family reside in Pagosa, Colorado. Anna Mariá Canales donated the photograph collection in 2015.

Arrangement

The photographs are organized to follow the artist’s creation of the sculpture.

Related Materials

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Papers Dr. Patrick Carroll Papers Dr. Xico P. Garcia Papers Gilbert Garcia Jasso Papers

Title
Anna M. Canales Photograph Collection of the Creation of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Statue and the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Garcia Plaza at TAMU-CC
Status
Completed
Author
Lori Atkins
Date
March 2020
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
Edition statement
1st

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

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