Thank you to our newest Sponsors Granbury Woman’s Club. Because of you Texas history lives.
Of the estimated 189 men who died in the Alamo, only six were actually born in Texas: Juan Abamillo, Juan A. Badillo, Carlos Espalier, Gregorio Esparza, Antonio Fuentes, and Andrés Nava.
Juan Abamillo was a native Tejano who had volunteered to serve in the Texas Revolution under the command of Juan N. Seguín. He had arrived at the Alamo on February 23, 1836 and he died there on March 6, 1836 as he fought alongside Travis, Crocket and the others.
Juan Antonio Badillo was born in Texas and also served under Captain Juan N. Seguín. Badillo accompanied Seguín to the Alamo in February. But when Seguín was called out to rally reinforcements, Badillo stayed at the Alamo.
Like his fellow revolutionary, Juan Abamillo, Juan Antonio Badillo died on March 6, defending the Alamo against Mexican Federal troops.
Tejanos — Hispanics who were born in what would later become Texas — were an important part in the fight for Texas independence. Jose Antonio Navarro and Lorenzo de Zavala were part of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2,1836. ln 1836, about 4,000 Tejanos lived north of the Nueces River. Many Tejanos felt the Mexican government had become too centralist and authoritarian.
The Texas Heroes Foundation is so excited because Spotted Horse and Running Water will be at the Stroll Thru Texas History on March 2, 2016. All students and classes are invited to sign up to come and enjoy this unique educational event.
March 2, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 pm – Stroll Through Texas History” begins at Acton Baptist Church at 3500 Fall Creek Hwy in Acton, Texas. Children can meet Texas Heroes, portrayed by the THF Team, partake in Elizabeth Crockett Memorial Ceremony, make period crafts, see black powder demonstrations, enjoy period music & performing art winners, view the Student History Fair, vote on People’s Choice Award, enter the Selfie Contest and more. All classes and large groups need to sign up in advance. Call 214-675-5752.
March 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Time subject to change)– Ceremony at the Acton Cemetery at Elizabeth Crockett’s grave site in recognition of Crockett ancestors, an historical presentation about the Crocketts, with placement of 13 yellow roses (one for each day the Alamo was under siege) on Elizabeth’s grave monument.
March 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm – Awards presentation and performances for the Texas Heroes Foundation Student History Fair at Acton Baptist Church at 3500 Fall Creek Hwy in Acton.
Show us your talent. Sing? Dance? Play Music? Act? Story Telling? Puppets? or ever it is–BRING IT ON! Celebrate Texas with the Texas Heroes Foundation Student History Fair (THFSHF). 2016 THFSHF has added two new divisions Website and Performing Arts. Tips for Performing Arts – Ballads, scenes in duets, solo and groups. Example: video or slide show with music, dancing singing. Presentation for judging will be done on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday beginning February 28, 29, and March 1. Performance will be recorded. Call for times to compete. Winners will present at the Student History Fair and awards program. Bring your entry forms. Call to get a time to compete so you won’t have to wait too long. 214-675-5752 www.March2Texas.com
If you’re a woman and you plan to vote in Texas this year, you can thank Jess Baker. The question of women voting was raised during the Constitutional Convention of 1868–69, when Titus H. Mundine of Burleson County proposed that the franchise be conferred upon qualified persons without distinction of sex. The committee on state affairs approved this proposal, but the convention rejected it by a vote of fifty-two to thirteen. A few years later, during the Constitutional Convention of 1875, two resolutions for the enfranchisement of women were introduced. Both were referred to the committee on suffrage, but neither was reported. The issue was brought before the Texas legislature in 1907 when Jess A. Baker of Granbury introduced in the House of Representatives a resolution to enfranchise them. In 1911 Jess Baker of Granbury once again raised the suffrage question in the Texas House. His resolution to enfranchise women was referred to the committee on constitutional amendments, which recommended that it not pass. Because leaders like Granbury’s Jess Baker, women won the vote in 1918
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