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Corpus Christi provides link to U.S. Latino history

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Old Viva Kennedy! campaign buttons of civil rights leader and G.I. Forum founder Dr. Hector P. Garcia, lower left, are on display at the Garcia exhibit at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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A photo of civil rights leader and G.I. Forum founder Dr. Hector P. Garcia is part of the Garcia exhibit at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas.

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The resting place of civil rights leader and G.I. Forum founder Dr. Hector P. Garcia is shown at the Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi.

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Tourists take photos in front of the resting place of the late Tejano singer, Selena at the Seaside Memorial Park.

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The resting place of the late Tejano singer Selena is shown at the Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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For most residents from bigger Texas cities, the south Texas city of Corpus Christi has always been a day-trip destination for a quick beach getaway. But often overlooked are the coastal city's deep roots in Mexican-American history, some of it wrapped up in the civil rights movement. And while Corpus Christi doesn't have a huge number of museums or landmarks connected to Latino history, visitors can find plenty of interesting things to see, from an exhibit about a physician and civil rights leader to a statue of the late Tejano star Selena.
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    • Old Viva Kennedy! campaign buttons of civil rights leader and G.I. Forum founder Dr. Hector P. Garcia, lower left, are on display at the Garcia exhibit at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
    •  A photo of civil rights leader and G.I. Forum founder Dr. Hector P. Garcia is part of the Garcia exhibit at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas.
    •  The resting place of civil rights leader and G.I. Forum founder Dr. Hector P. Garcia is shown at the Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi.
    •  Tourists take photos in front of the resting place of the late Tejano singer, Selena at the Seaside Memorial Park.
    • The resting place of the late Tejano singer Selena is shown at the Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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