March 14, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with 93-year-old retired educator, historian, arts patron, community leader and State Representative, J. Paul Taylor. Still very active in the community, he talks about his home in Mesilla, the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds State Monument, and their donation to the Museum of New Mexico. Taylor also recalls his involvement with the legislature and his passion for advocating for the elderly and children.
Descendent of New Mexico pioneer families, the youngest of six children, Taylor was born on August 24, 1920 in Chamberino, New Mexico. He and his wife, Mary Daniels Taylor, had seven children: Robert, Mary Dolores, Michael, Mary Helen, John, Patrick, and Rosemary.
Friends of the Taylor Family Monument website - http://www.ftfm-mesilla-nm.org/; national register of historic places - http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/hispanic/2008/barela-reynolds.htm.