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Mar 14, 2014 1:36 PM by Janine Reyes

Accuracy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia Marker Questioned

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Doctor Hector P. Garcia contributed greatly to the Corpus Christi community, and advanced the Mexican-American movement across the globe.

That's why a marker placed to honor him at the hospital where he worked should be something to be proud of.

Instead, his daughter, Cecilia Garcia Akers says it needs to be replaced.

"This is a very sensitive matter because it is my father, but it cannot stay like that, especially where it's located, in front of the hospital where he practiced medicine for 50 years," she told us by phone.

She identified at least five errors on the marker, approved by the Texas Historical Commission. So did local teacher Nancy Vera, who has the primary documents to prove the errors, inaccuracies such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, clearly marked and issued in 1984, the marker says 1986.

The marker also says Garcia volunteered for the Army when his draft documents dispute that.

Vera says what's so disturbing is that all this information is readily available at the library at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

"Its an insult to the Hispanic community its an insult the the Corpus Christi community and I question the creditability of the Historical Commission across the state," Vera said.

We asked the Nueces County Historical Commission Chair Anita Eisenhauer how this could happen. She says a family member submitted the information and she never verified it. "Most of our markers are done by people that have PhD's and I don't really check their facts that often," she said, adding that now "we may be."

That's not good enough for Vera who says, in her classroom, if something is wrong, you correct it.

"If one of my students would have turned in research peppered with errors such as this, they would have received an F on their paper, not acceptable," Vera said.

But fixing the sign is not that easy, the historical commission needs a sponsor to step forward and pay for a new marker.

Otherwise, the marker could stay as is.

"Yes I'm concerned, but, you're as concerned as you have money in some respects," Eisenhaur said.

Garica's daughter says she's willing to raise money for a new marker. Vera would like the state to fix the error because she says they should have checked their facts before having it made. A representative from the Texas Historical Committee told KRIS 6 News today that a supplemental sign correcting any potential errors could be placed at the site at their expense.


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