J. Paul Taylor would have been 103 on August 24. We had to say goodbye to him in February, but to celebrate everything that he was to us—educator, advocate, friend, and family—New Mexico Historic Sites, the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument, and the Taylor family have conjured a birthday celebration focused on celebrating him and the causes he championed in life.
On August 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the public is invited to join staff and Mr. Taylor’s loved ones on the Mesilla Plaza for family-friendly activities and booths highlighting the history and culture of the Mesilla Valley. Also, members of the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument will be granted an exclusive preview of the Taylor-Mesilla Historic Site ahead of its official unveiling. Visitors will need be members of the Friends prior to August 26 to participate in in the tour. To learn how to join the Friends, visit their website.
Schedule of events
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Highlights from Mesilla Valley history and culture on the Plaza
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Speakers, J. Paul Taylor Academy kindergarteners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders performing La Marcha