ED Romero, the former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and native of the San Luis Valley, and Elmer Maestas, a New Mexico historian, donated two books to the Alamosa Public Library’s Local History archives on Friday as part of their weekend visit to participate in the Maestas Case commemoration.

“We keep materials that are irreplaceable of local and historic value,” Kramer noted of the Local History section.

Romero and Maestas are among the gathering of dignitaries who will celebrate the first educational desegregation case in the U.S., known as the Francisco Maestas case dating back to 1914. A public dedication of a bronze statue, depicting two students crossing the railroad tracks to school, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Alamosa Judicial Center.

PHOTO: Elmer Maestas, left, Maria Kramer and Edward Romero

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