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No One’s Forgetting the Alamo

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


Everyone has a trigger. For Swifties, it’s erroneously calling out T.S. for poor grammar. For me, it’s saying that Tom Hagen is a superior (fictional, movie) lawyer to Atticus Finch. For Texans…well surely you remember the Alamo.

Perhaps you know of of the Alamo through one of the many movies depicting the San Antonio landmark (my personal fav is 1955 Disney jam Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier) or a folk song or just straight up Texas history. The fort that looks much smaller than you would think IRL is an important site from the Texas Revolution, which ultimately gave birth to the Republic of Texas. The Alamo was the little fort that could, holding out against the Mexican army during a thirteen day siege. The Alamo fell on March 6, 1836, but lived on as a rallying cry for Texans.

Obviously, there is a deep affection for the pivotal landmark and desire to protect it. If you want proof, ask Ozzy Osbourne. Efforts to preserve the Alamo for future generations began back in the late nineteenth century when the Daughters of the Republic of Texas raised the funds to buy the site. All went well for about a century or so until an ownership change in 2011. The Texas legislature passed a bill removing ownership of the Alamo from the DRT and giving it to Texas General Land Office. There was a power-sharing relationship between the GLO and DRT until earlier this month when Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said that the DRT was out.

Well now the DRT are fighting back, bringing a lawsuit against the GLO and Bush over the archives at the Alamo—over 30,000 books, papers, and artifacts. The collection was established in 1945, with the DRT claiming that it owns a large portion of what makes up the research library.  According to the President General of the DRT, the lawsuit isn’t to get the items back, but rather to have a say in how they are handled, so as to make sure that donors’ wishes are honored.

The battle is afoot and all I can say is don’t mess with Texas, and no I have no idea which side that applies to.