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Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Jovita Gonzáles de Mireles

(January 18, 1904 - January 25, 1983)

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1. Jovita Gonzáles de Mireles Marker
Mexican American folklorist, writer, teacher, speaker, and cultural historian, Jovita Gonzales de Mireles, was born in Roma, Texas, near the Texas-Mexico Border as a fifth-generation descendant of a land-grant family, she was born and raised on her grandparents' rancho, Las Viboras, where she heard stories and legends from the people who lived and worked there. Their experiences influenced her throughout her life. Jovita moved with her family to San Antonio in 1910 and she completed the high school equivalency by the age of 18. She earned a scholarship at our lady of the Lake College in San Antonio, while studying and teaching Spanish at a local school. Jovita earned her bachelor's degree in 1927.

Meanwhile, in the summer of 1925, she was introduced to J. Frank Dobie, noted Texas historian and folklorist, who encouraged her to write about her heritage and culture. In 1929, Jovita was awarded a Lapham Scholarship to conduct research along the border. This award allowed her to complete her master's thesis at the University of Texas. Jovita's literary abilities, combined with her authentic knowledge of south Texas, gave her an authority
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within the field of Texas folklore studies. She gave lectures at Texas Folklore Society (TFS) meetings and was the first and only Mexican American woman to serve as president of TFS. Jovita's writings, articles, novels, and Spanish school curriculum books were celebrated. She also wrote two novels which went unpublished until they were discovered in the archives at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: Dew on the Thorn (1996) and Caballero (1997). Jovita taught Spanish and history in Corpus Christi until her retirement in 1966. She was active in LULAC, sponsored many academic and social clubs, and co-created the Pan American Club of Corpus Christi. Jovita died in 1983 and is buried at Rose Hill Memorial Park.
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18855.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducationHispanic Americans. A significant historical date for this entry is January 18, 1904.
Location. 27° 39.255′ N, 97° 23.056′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is at the intersection of Bison Drive and Cimarron Boulevard, on the right when traveling west on Bison Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7658 Cimarron Boulevard, Corpus Christi TX 78414, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sunshine Cemetery (approx. 2.6 miles away);
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Travis Baptist Church (approx. 4 miles away); Karankawa Indians (approx. 4.7 miles away); Moravian Club of Nueces County (approx. 5 miles away); Flour Bluff Independent School District (approx. 5.4 miles away); Rabbi Sidney A. Wolf (approx. 5˝ miles away); General W.W. Sterling (approx. 5.6 miles away); American Flag Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 27, 2023