Gov. Greg Abbott and members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus dedicated a monument at the Capitol Saturday morning honoring the contributions of African-Americans.
The monument on the Capitol's south lawn highlights the African-American experience in Texas from the 1500s to slavery and emancipation to more modern achievements in the arts and sciences.
KUT's Kate McGee was there to watch the unveiling.
It's windy this morning and when the tarp cover over the statue blows in the wind, it sounds like thunder.— Kate McGee (@KUTMcGee) November 19, 2016
Proud to be part of history with @SylvesterTurner, @GregAbbott_TX, @RodneyEllis & many great leaders & community members at historic event. pic.twitter.com/Wwc4EPZvyN— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) November 19, 2016
Meantime, a pair of protests were planned on the Capitol grounds. Organizers of a "White Lives Matter" protest reportedly said the timing of their event was coincidental. There were only about a dozen people present, but the chants began before the African-American memorial had even been unveiled.
A counter-protest was also present. Around 75 people showed up for the "Smash Fascism" protest just as the dedication ceremony was finishing.