Cotulla to honor LBJ with statue

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When school started in September of 1928, the boys and girls of the Welhausen School in Cotulla could never have imagined they would have a male teacher, let alone one who would go on to become President of the United States.

This was to be their first of many surprises. That their beloved Mr. Johnson, would become the President? Unimaginable. After all, these Mexican-American children lived in poverty, worked in the cotton fields alongside their families and hadn’t fully mastered the English language.

On a tragic day in November, President John F. Kennedy was shot, and their former teacher, then Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson was launched into the Presidency. The Welhausen students mourned along with the rest of the nation but also prayed for their beloved teacher’s safety.

 

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