Cast in metal, the five figures unveiled outside the Bexar County Courthouse on Saturday represent the cultural crossroads of early San Antonio:
Bexar County Commissioners unanimously approved a $337,500 payment to the Canary Islands Descendants Association Tuesday towards the fabrication of five bronze sculptures.
On consecutive Saturdays in March, two heritage groups will stage elaborate, multi-media narratives that chart the founding of San Antonio.
If the effort reaches fruition, it will be the first monument in San Antonio dedicated to the city’s Canary Island history.
Canary Islander Benito Cabrera is called the “Virtuoso of the Timple,” a traditional Spanish instrument that resembles a large ukulele, and he’ll be playing a free concert at the San Fernando Cathedral on Monday and Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m.
Canary Islands Descendants Association Public Affairs Officers Rosemary and Jerry Geyer, in conjunction with Musical Bridges Around the World, have been on the forefront in organizing the concert.
Until just a few years ago, San Antonio native Hector Pacheco didn’t know much about his ancestors.