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LBJ Statue

LBJ Statue photo

The LBJ Statue was unveiled in September 2006 and stands in the Quad in front of Flowers Hall.

The near life-size statue depicts a young Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States, as he may have appeared while a student at Texas State, then known as Southwest Texas State Teachers College. Johnson graduated in 1930 with a bachelor of science in history with a permanent teaching certificate.

Commissioned by the Associated Student Government, the statue is the work of acclaimed sculptor Lawrence Ludtke of Houston. Ludtke was a fellow in the National Sculpture Society and a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of British Sculptors.

Texas State remains the only university in Texas to have graduated a U.S. president or vice president. While Johnson's memory remains alive on campus — the LBJ Student Center is named in his honor, as is the university's Lyndon Baines Johnson Distinguished Lecture Series — this is the first statue of the former president on campus.
 
After his graduation, Johnson returned to the Texas State campus many times, both as president and in his retirement years. In 1965, he returned to his alma mater to sign the Higher Education Act, which opened the doors of higher education to many who could not previously afford it.