New Henry B. Gonzalez artifacts on display at St. Mary's University School of Law

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SAN ANTONIO – He suffered death threats and even assassination attempts. That's what a new exhibit about Henry B. Gonzalez is revealing.

The St. Mary's University School of Law unveiled never-before-seen artifacts of Gonzalez on Wednesday.

The exhibit was part of a project that students spent a year working on.  

The man who championed social justice graduated from the school in 1943. Ten years later, he became the first Mexican-American elected to the San Antonio City Council in decades.

Gonzalez went on to serve 37 years in Congress.  

Also on public display for the first time is the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award given to Gonzalez in 1994.

Gonzalez's family was at Wednesday’s event in support of the exhibit.