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The Walker County Historical Commission, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and City of Huntsville’s Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center invite you to Huntsville’s 38th Annual Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston Birthday Celebration on Saturday, March 2.
Festivities will begin with a reception from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Walker County Museum/Gibbs-Powell House, 1228 11th Street. At 10:15 a.m., the traditional march to Sam Houston’s gravesite at Oakwood Cemetery will commence at Old Main Pit near Austin Hall (located on the campus of Sam Houston State University) and proceed to the grave by means of University Avenue led by the SHSU ROTC, with the support of the Bearkat History Club, the Department of Student Activities, and members of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration.
A special ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. to honor General Sam Houston at his gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery (Sam Houston Memorial Drive at 9th Street). This year’s featured speaker is John Martin “Marty” Davis, J.D., Honorary Doctor of History (Sul Ross State University). His presentation is titled, “TEXAS LAND SCRIP: The Currency of the Republic.” Honored guests will include a number of General Sam Houston and Margaret Houston’s descendants, as well as David Crockett, the third-great-grandson of the legendary David Crockett. The gravesite ceremony will also include the SHSU ROTC Color Guard and Rifle Team, special music, the laying of wreaths, and a “Baptized Texan Ceremony”. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Community Life Center at First United Methodist Church (corner of Sam Houston Avenue and 10th Street).
Immediately following the ceremony is a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at the W.S. Gibbs Conference Hall, Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, 1402 19th Street. In the same location, the celebration continues at 2 p.m. with a “Toast to Texas” accompanied by birthday cake.
At 3 p.m., join us at City Hall (1212 Avenue M) as Mayor Andy Brauninger unveils and hangs a portrait of Pleasant Gray, the founder of Huntsville, drawn by local artist, Lee Jamison.
For more information on reservations and payment, please visit www.HuntsvilleTexas.com or contact Leara Phillips with the City of Huntsville Tourism Department via email at LPhillips@HuntsvilleTX.gov or by calling 936-291-5935. For more details on the March 2nd schedule of events visit www.HuntsvilleTexas.com, www.SamHoustonMemorialMuseum.com, or www.WalkerCountyHistory.org.