The city of San Marcos celebrated the completion of two heritage projects Tuesday.
Excitement has been building for years in the community ahead of the two projects—the new Eddie Durham Park and the Cephas House.
The Eddie Durham Park is named after the pioneer musician who made history with his take on jazz and swing. The new park is on the site of Durham’s boyhood home and will also be home to live music.
"It will be an important magnet, as a hub for the coming together of the Dunbar neighborhood," Carl Durham with the Durham family said.
The Cephas House next to the park will serve as a community events center after undergoing a variety of renovations. The building is the former home of Ulysses Cephas, who was a son of slaves before moving to San Marcos where he became a successful blacksmith and community leader.
"Our children and our children's children can look back and say, ‘Wow,’” Marilyn Majors Nwaokobia with the Dunham family said. “To know what those two gentlemen did and that they're from San Marcos that great things can come from a small place."
The two new sites are close to the old Hays County Jail, which is also undergoing renovations.