The city of Bastrop commissioned a mural at Minerva Delgado park to honor the civil rights advocate Minerva Delgado Lopez.

The mural will be designed and painted by local artist Curtis Griffin. Griffin plans to use an aerosol application and graffiti protection in the design.

“I’m just honored to be selected for the project,” Griffin said.

The mural will utilize an anamorphic perspective meant to be viewed from a specific vantage point, and painting is expected to begin in April or May.

The details

Honored as a “Network Weaver” by St. David’s, the foundation awarded council member Cheryl Lee $1,200 toward the Delgado Park mural. The remaining $1,300 balance of the mural cost was donated by Mayor Pro Tem John Kirkland and his family.

Lee said the park initiative is one that was important to her prior to being elected to City Council.

“I want to see the original vision of Delgado park come to fruition,” Lee said at the Jan. 23 council meeting.

The background

Dedicated in 2017, the park honors Minerva Delgado Lopez, whose family was the plaintiff in the landmark case Delgado v. Bastrop ISD that found Latino-Anglo segregation in Texas unlawful.

The 75th anniversary of the landmark case was commemorated in Bastrop in 2023. Former Texas Senator and Bastrop native Gonzalo Barrientos spoke at the City Council meeting Jan. 23, during which the mural was approved.

“In the words of preservation of the past, we must not forget because we are a team,” Barrientos said at the meeting, referencing the motto on the city of Bastrop seal. “We are Bastrop, and please proceed with the progress that we have made.”