Groundbreaking for Lady in Blue Statues Precedes International Gathering in San Angelo
SAN ANGELO, TX -- Tilly Chandler is a force of nature. She is one of the people responsible for the preservation and promotion of Ft. Concho, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and many other historic landmarks in San Angelo.
And Chandler is passionate about the history of San Angelo and preserving it. During a groundbreaking ceremony Friday evening along the Concho River behind the former Western Mattress building, Tilly deftly led a team of 30 plus folks in a groundbreaking ceremony for what will become one of the earliest documented historic events in the San Angelo area.
Long before there was a Fort Concho, long before European explorers and settlers made their way to Texas in the 1800’s, native american Indians lived along the banks of the Concho River and its tributaries. Some of those native people were Jumano Indians.
According to Chandler and many others, the Jumanos were a peaceful tribe which lived and thrived along the convergence of the three rivers which now are in downtown San Angelo.
The Jumano’s story includes teaching from a “Lady in Blue” about Christianity. At the same time in Agreda, Spain a nun would fall into trances and tell of visiting indigenous peoples along the banks of a river.
There is even a pictograph of a Lady in Blue at Paint Rock.
Friday’s groundbreaking was for two statues. One of the Lady in Blue and the other of a Jumano Brave. World renowned bronze sculptor Vic Payne designed and forged the statues and will unveil them on Sunday May 20.
There is a Musical Ballet of the Lady in Blue on Friday May 18 in the Murphey Performance Hall followed by a Marian conference at the McNease Convention Center on Saturday May 19. Chandler says there will be visitors from Spain, the Vatican in Rome, Canada and across the United States for the formal dedication of the Lady in Blue statues.
Chandler is assisting Vatican officials in pursuing the case for sainthood for the Lady in Blue.