SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) - A statue commemorating the collaboration between Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and President Lyndon B. Johnson has been delayed.
In January, city leaders in San Marcos broke ground on the LBJ MLK Crossroads Project.
The project at the intersection of roads named for both men was supposed to be done in time for President Johnson’s birthday, which was Tuesday. However, the City of San Marcos now says the goal is King’s birthday in January.
The 12-foot-tall statue would cast a shadow depicting a 1966 meeting between the two men.
Lisa Morris, Parks and Recreation manager for the City of San Marcos, told KXAN the artist needs permission from the King family to use the civil rights movement leader's image in the statue.
Morris said getting permission is standard procedure for statues depicting King.
According to Morris, artist Aaron Hussey is working on the statue at his studio in Louisiana while awaiting approval.
San Marcos city officials say they’re the only city in the country with two streets named for both men that intersect.
President Johnson went to college in San Marcos at Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State.
The two men worked together on key civil rights legislation including the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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