Along with Stephen F. Austin, he is considered a founding father of Texas. As a leading participant in the Texas Revolution, he was one of three Mexican signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. He was the sole Hispanic representative at an 1845 convention that led Texas to statehood. Alamo hero James Bowie was his nephew.
Yet, in the state Capitol, where monuments to Texas historical figures are as common as cowboy boots in the Legislature, for Jose Antonio Navarro - an early Texas statesman, legislator, rancher, merchant and namesake of a North Texas county - such an honor is not to be found.
That will change on Feb. 27, when a cenotaph will be dedicated to Navarro at the State Cemetery.