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MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 29, 2005
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez , Press Secretary
Phone: (512) 463-0385

SEN. LUCIO TO HONOR SAN BENITO HISTORICAL FIGURE DON JOSE ESPARZA

Who: Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
What: Presentation of Senate Resolution No. 42
Where: Don Jose Esparza Park in San Benito
When: Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 12 p.m.

AUSTIN, TX--Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. today announced he is honoring the contributions of Don Jose Esparza to the rich cultural heritage of the Rio Grande Valley with a Senate Resolution.

Receiving the resolution will be Mrs. Natalia Esparza Trevino, his last surviving daughter, who is 94. Mr. Arnold Trevino, his grandson and son of Mrs. Esparza Trevino, will also be at the ceremony.

Don Esparza was born at La Encantada Ranch, for which La Encantada School is named, in 1856 and grew up in a prosperous ranching family. He is known as a champion for the people, promoting education, justice and opportunities throughout his life. He also donated the land where Saint Ignatius Church was built and donated money to build a courthouse in Brownsville to serve the Hispanic community.

While serving as a Cameron County Commissioner, Don Esparza promoted the railroad as a means of increasing commerce for the Rio Grande Valley.

The philanthropist, entrepreneur and visionary died in 1926.

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