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LBJ statue unveiled at South Texas school where he taught

April 15, 2019
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Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of the 36th president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, gestures after unveiling a statue of her father at Welhausen School in Cotulla, Texas, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. President Johnson was in his 20s when he taught at the school, where the students were mostly Mexican-American, in 1928 and 1929. The statue was created by Armando Hinojosa. The statue was created by Armando Hinojosa. (Billy Calzada/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

COTULLA, Texas (AP) — A statue of Lyndon Baines Johnson holding a book has been unveiled at a South Texas school where the future president taught more than 30 years before reaching the White House.

LBJ’s daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, was on hand Saturday at Wellhausen School in Cotulla (kuh-TOO’-luh), 80 miles (128.74 kilometers) southwest of San Antonio.

The San Antonio Express-News reports more than 500 people attended the unveiling by sculptor Armando Hinojosa at the school where LBJ taught and was a coach and principal in 1928-29.

Cotulla Mayor Javier Garcia says Johnson believed education was the way to defeat poverty, segregation and any roadblock you’d meet in life.

Johnson became president after John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas.

LBJ died in 1973.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com