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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

Identifier: Coll-244

The collection includes ninety-nine black and white photographs. Most photographs concern the creation of the bronze statue of Dr. Hector P. Garcia by Roberto with his wife and assistant Ana Garcia. The remaining photos depict the groundbreaking ceremony for the Garcia Plaza at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1995


  • Majority of material found within 1995-1996

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This collection is open for research use.

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


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 were 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. Dr. Hector P. Garcia attended both the ground-breaking ceremony and the next year the dedication ceremony of the Garcia Plaza and the bronze statue 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 the eulogy. 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.


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

Related Materials

Coll. 5, Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers; Coll. 27, Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Papers; Coll. 290, Dr. Patrick Carroll Papers, Coll. 144, Dr. Xico P. Garcia Papers; Coll. 122, Gilbert Garcia Jasso Papers

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
Lori Atkins
March 2020
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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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