#14 LBJ Presidential Library

 

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View of the outside of the LBJ Presidential Library

The past few weeks have really been a whirlwind for Aaron and I. We’ve slowly but steadily been wrapping things up here in Austin all while trying to get ready for my next travel assignment. Needless to say we’ve been busy trying to complete our Austin bucket list before our time here comes to an end.

This past week my mom, aunt, and uncle came down to Texas to see Aaron and I and to spend time with some of our other relatives that live here in Texas. On a gloomy day during their time in Austin we decided to take a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

The LBJ Library sits on the eastern part of UT’s campus and overlooks the UT football stadium. When we arrived we paid the $8 admission fee and made our way through the countless exhibits. Not only did we learn about the monumental role LBJ played in our county’s history but also how strong and supportive his wife Lady Bird was. The library itself holds numerous historical artifacts such as letters from George Washington, and the first photograph of Texas. It also has a life size replica of the Oval Office as it looked when LBJ was president which was quite impressive!

The LBJ library was something we had been wanting to see for awhile but we just kept putting it off for various reasons. Ironically, we ended up going to the library of the president who signed the Civil Rights Act on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend which made the experience even more meaningful.

While walking through the exhibits these words from president Johnson himself seemed to echo throughout the entire library that weekend, “Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.”

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