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Governor Abbott Attends Unveiling Of The Texas African American History Memorial

Saturday, November 19, 2016  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release
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Governor Greg Abbott today attended and delivered remarks at the unveiling ceremony of the Texas African American History Memorial at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas.

“Today we come together to proudly honor the African-Americans who helped to grow Texas from the bounty of the land, from the sweat of their toil and from the passion of their dreams,” said Governor Abbott. “We are reminded that our work is not yet done. If we are to truly elevate Texas to its limitless potential we must continue to expand liberty and opportunity for all.”

Excerpts from Governor Abbott's Remarks:

**Gov. Abbott often deviates from prepared remarks

“To know where we are going we have to understand where we came from. The triumphs and tragedies, the lessons of the past, are the legacy we leave for the generations to come.”

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“But chapters have been missing from the story of Texas. That changes today.”

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“The future of this great state is yet to be written and all of the children of Texas should be its authors. The children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. May this Monument be a reminder to them of the profound way Texas has been and will continue to be advanced by African-Americans.”

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“May the torch of freedom atop this memorial light the way for us as we make Texas a beacon of freedom for everyone in this state.”