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Jan. 23 to be proclaimed 'Gregorio Gutierrez Day' in San Angelo

The proclamation will be read at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Railway Museum of San Angelo.
Credit: Railway Museum of San Angelo

SAN ANGELO, Texas — A proclamation naming Saturday, Jan. 23  "Gregorio Gutierrez Day" will be read at 10 a.m. at the Railway Museum of San Angelo, 703 S. Chadbourne St.

According to a press release from the organization, Jan. 23 has been officially proclaimed as "Gregorio Gutierrez Day" in the City of San Angelo in honor of the late founder of Conexión San Ángelo and Del Rio, who died from COVID-19 Dec. 13, 2020.

The Angelo State University's Association of Mexican-American Students (AMAS) will conduct the museum's living history tours in Spanish. A donation box will be available for contributions to the Gutierrez family.

Gutierrez grew up in Mexico, where he began to work at the age of 12. In 1986, he started a new life in San Angelo, the release said.

Gutierrez married Araceli Gutierrez and together they formed the first bilingual newspaper in San Angelo, Conexión Hispana, and founded Conexión Del Rio in 2008.

Gutierrez received many awards over the years including the appreciation award from the Housing Authority of the City of Del Rio.

“Gregorio was the voice of and a strong advocate for Hispanic people," Suzanna Valenzuela, Railway Museum board president, said in the release. "Señor Gutierrez’s newspaper has been a significant part of communication for the Spanish-speaking population for over 30 years. We are honored to be a part of Gregorio Gutierrez Day.”

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for tours inside the museum are available for $3 for children, $4.50 for military and $5 for adults.

The museum said masks and social distancing will be required. For more information call 325-340-3363 or email info@railwaymuseum@gmail.com.

Credit: Railway Museum of San Angelo
Credit: Railway Museum of San Angelo