The Resource LBJ-MLK Crossroads Project collection

LBJ-MLK Crossroads Project collection

Label
LBJ-MLK Crossroads Project collection, 1997-2014
Title
LBJ-MLK Crossroads Project collection
Inclusive dates
1997-2014
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This collection contains records regarding the creation and completion of the MLK-LBJ Memorial. It includes correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, steering committee agendas and notes, designers' plans, and the city's legal paperwork. Also included are information and publications regarding related civil rights ideas, such as the national Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, and the 2014 Civil Rights Summit held at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas
Biographical or historical data
The LBJ-MLK Crossroads Project culminated in a physical memorial installed in San Marcos, Texas in January 2014. Just south of Texas State University sits the only known intersection named after both Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) and Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK). The LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Project represents the efforts not just of these two national figures, but also the local leaders who worked for over fifteen years to bring the memorial to fruition. The idea for the memorial originated in 1997 during that year's Martin Luther King Day march when several marchers commented on the historical opportunity the intersection provided. Subsequent events (see below) were usually planned to coincide with MLK Day, which is the third Monday in January. In 1965 and 1987, the San Marcos City Council approved resolutions renaming Austin Street to Lyndon B. Johnson Drive and Porter-Comal Street to Martin Luther King Drive, respectively. LBJ was a 1930 alumnus of Southwest Texas State Teachers College; as president, he worked with MLK on many different issues, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In recognition of this historic work, the Crossroads Memorial Committee formed in 2008 to plan and raise funds for their project. On MLK Day 2009, the intersection of LBJ and MLK Drives was officially selected as the site for the memorial. Requests for artist qualifications occurred in the spring of 2011, and three finalists were chosen in December 2011. In May 2012, the San Marcos City Council unanimously selected Aaron P. Hussey as the artist for the memorial. The groundbreaking occurred on MLK Day 2013. On January 20, 2014 (MLK Day), thanks to the hard work of numerous people and local organizations--including Johnnie Armstead, Kaye Parks, Carol Lane-Coleman, the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau, Dunbar Heritage Association, the Calaboose African American History Museum, the San Marcos Area Arts Council, the Arts Commission, and the Common Experience Committee at Texas State University--the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial was officially dedicated, with Luci Baines Johnson (LBJ's daughter) in attendance.
Cataloging source
TXI
Label
LBJ-MLK Crossroads Project collection
Link
https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/5962
Instantiates
Control code
945452036
Extent
  • 2
  • 0.75 linear feet.
Governing access note
Open to researchers without restriction;
Immediate source of acquisition
Diann McCabe, LBJ Crossroads Committee member.
Organization method
Arranged into seven series by type of material and date: Series I: Background and San Marcos History, 1950s-2012 and undated; Series II: Articles and Ideas for Crossroads, 2009-2010 and undated; Series III: Planning Notes, 2008-2014; Series IV: City of San Marcos and Hays County Support of the Memorial, 2008-2012 and undated; Series V: Crossroads Intersection Acquisition, 2008-2012 and undated; Series VI: Aaron Hussey; Series VII: Press Coverage, 1997-2014 and undated.
Physical access
Location of resource materials may be stored off-site and advance notice may be required for use
System control number
(OCoLC)945452036
Type of unit
document boxes (1 full size and 1 half-size)
Label
LBJ-MLK Crossroads Project collection
Link
https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/5962
Control code
945452036
Extent
  • 2
  • 0.75 linear feet.
Governing access note
Open to researchers without restriction;
Immediate source of acquisition
Diann McCabe, LBJ Crossroads Committee member.
Organization method
Arranged into seven series by type of material and date: Series I: Background and San Marcos History, 1950s-2012 and undated; Series II: Articles and Ideas for Crossroads, 2009-2010 and undated; Series III: Planning Notes, 2008-2014; Series IV: City of San Marcos and Hays County Support of the Memorial, 2008-2012 and undated; Series V: Crossroads Intersection Acquisition, 2008-2012 and undated; Series VI: Aaron Hussey; Series VII: Press Coverage, 1997-2014 and undated.
Physical access
Location of resource materials may be stored off-site and advance notice may be required for use
System control number
(OCoLC)945452036
Type of unit
document boxes (1 full size and 1 half-size)

Library Locations

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