Near Stonewall in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
A More Perfect Society
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
It is a Society where no child will go unfed, and no youngster will go unschooled .... Where no citizen will be barred from any door because of his birthplace or his color .... Where peace and security is common among neighbors and possible among nations.
Ohio University, May 1964
Lyndon Johnsonís vision of a Great Society was cast in his hometown communities of Stonewall and Johnson City, Texas. The Hill Country of his youth, although a place of rural natural beauty and neighborly caring, was also a place of poverty. President Johnson believed that people in such circumstances, given the right tools, could rise to new heights.
The domestic programs of Lyndon Johnsonís Great Society were the tools he introduced to assist them.
Johnson determined to eradicate racial inequality and poverty. He addressed education, health care, consumer protection, transportation, and environmental issues. Funding for the arts provided not just for “manís welfare but the dignity of manís spirit.” The number of major proposals to totaled more than 200.
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Residents of the Hill Country during Lyndon Johnsonís childhood lived without electricity or indoor plumbing. Most did not own cars, and the dirt roads made travel difficult.
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President Johnson enjoyed inviting staff, friends, and members of the Stonewall community to join him for dinners and other events at the LBJ Ranch. Hangar, 1968.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 30° 14.386′ N, 98° 36.603′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from Park Road 49 0.3 miles west of Klein Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is near the Johnson Family Cemetery parking lot in Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Stonewall TX 78671, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Mr. Jelly Bean" (here, next to this marker); A River Runs Through (here, next to this marker); Generations of Johnsons (a few steps from this marker); The Reconstructed Birthplace (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the Andreas Lindig Lime Kiln (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trinity Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr., House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Housing the World (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stonewall.
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker. This list consists of 26 wayside exhibits along the LBJ Ranch driving tour in Lyndon B. Johnson NHP. The markers are in order as you would encounter them on the driving tour.
Also see . . . Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park - Official Website. (Submitted on December 2, 2015.)
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