Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
One of the most influential American political groups of the twentieth century, the League of United Latin American Citizens was founded in Corpus Christi. The formation of LULAC resulted from the merger of three groups: the Order of Sons of America (Corpus Christi); the Knights of America (San Antonio); and the Latin American Citizens League of the Rio Grande Valley. The organizational meeting was held in Obreros Hall, at this site, on Feb. 17, 1929, with 25 delegates and 125 observers. Local businessman Ben Garza was the chairman. At the first general convention in Corpus Christi in May 1929, he was elected president. Andres de Luna was secretary and Louis Wilmot, treasurer.
The LULAC organization has been a pioneer in the development of social and educational programs for Hispanic-Americans. Special projects have included assistance for the elderly and needy, adult basic education classes, prisoner rehabilitation, job training, preschool programs, and sponsorship of housing projects and youth organizations.
Now a nationwide organization, LULAC continues to be a leader in the development of programs for the betterment
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2990.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Government & Politics • Hispanic Americans.
Location. Marker has been reported unreadable. 27° 47.65′ N, 97° 24.019′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is on Lipan Street east of Artesian Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Site of Cheston L. Heath School (within shouting distance of this marker); Corpus Christi Cathedral (approx. ¼ mile away); Corpus Christi Cathedral Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Centennial House (approx. ¼ mile away); Captain Enrique Villarreal and Rincón del Oso Land Grant (approx. ¼ mile away); Henry Lawrence Kinney (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Kinney's Trading Post (approx. ¼ mile away); Gold Star Court of Honor (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. League of United Latin Citizens (LULAC)
Also see . . . League of United Latin American Citizens. LULAC, the oldest and largest continually active Latino political association in the United States and was the first nationwide Mexican-American civil-rights organization. LULAC was founded on February 17, 1929, at Salón Obreros y Obreras in Corpus Christi, Texas. It attempted to solve the problems of poverty among Mexican Americans and sought to build a substantial Mexican-American middle class. It has persisted, despite occasional acts of intimidation from law authorities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, for example, for a time had LULAC under surveillance, beginning in the 1940s. (Submitted on June 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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