Banners in downtown Dallas celebrate one-liners from Ann Richards

The late Ann Richards served as governor of Texas from 1991 to 1995, gracing us with multiple memorable one-liners. Heck, she was even the subject of a Broadway play — Ann, by Holland Taylor, who also stars as Ann Richards.

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Now, downtown Dallas is paying tribute to the late, great Ann. No fewer than 60 “Ann Banners” have been installed along Main, Akard and Young streets, no farther than a bouffant and a can of hairspray from City Hall. The artwork shows 12 designs featuring photos and quotes from the one-of-a-kind Texas governor.

Here are some of our favorite “Annisms” as depicted on the banners:

  • Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, she just did it backwards and in high heels.
  • Cherish your friends and family as if your life depended on it, because it does.
  • Teaching is the hardest work I have ever done, including being governor.
  • I get a lot of cracks about my hair, mostly from men who don’t have any.
  • You can put lipstick on a pig and call it Monique, but it is still a pig.

Margaret Justus, who worked as Gov. Richards’ deputy press secretary from 1989 to 1994, tells us the art project, “would not have happened had it not been for the pandemic. Normally, we folks who worked for the governor and loved her would have gathered in person to celebrate the 30th year” — meaning the 30th anniversary of Richards’ inauguration as governor — “but this year, it was impossible.”

A banner was on display of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards along Young Street in downtown Dallas on June 24, 2021. About 60 banners show 12 designs featuring photos and quotes from Richards, marking the 30th anniversary of her inauguration. The Ann Richards Legacy Project, together with the City of Dallas and Downtown Dallas Inc., collaborated on the project.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

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