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Saving The Alamo

The Alamo is crumbling before our eyes. We are here to save it.

Not only is the Shrine of Texas Liberty in desperate need of costly preservation, but the footprint of the 1836 Battlefield must be recaptured.

The Alamo Defenders who fought and died for Texas’ independence in 1836 deserve a place of reverence, dignity, and respect. We will honor their sacrifice.

Learn the truth about our plan to save the Alamo:

For more than 200 years the Alamo has been called the Alamo and it always will be the Alamo.
Preserving the Alamo is our number one priority. The Alamo Church and Long Barrack need significant preservation to ensure they will remain standing in another 300 years. We must recapture the 1836 Battlefield. Today a busy street runs through the 1836 Battlefield where Defenders fought and died. We must remove the street and the current “carnival-like” atmosphere to create a place of reverence, dignity, and respect for those who died fighting for Texas’ Independence.

Are you renaming The Alamo?
No. Not now, not ever. It will always be called the Alamo. While the Alamo began as a mission in 1718 and remained a mission until 1793, it has been known as the Alamo since the late 1700s. No recommendation or proposal has ever been made to change the name.

What are you doing about the Alamo and the Long Barrack?
This year we will begin the process to preserve and protect the Church and Long Barrack so that future generations can learn about the Alamo, the 1836 Battle, and the history of Texas independence. The Alamo Church and Long Barrack are in desperate need of structural repair. More than 300 years of heat, rain, and elements have taken a toll.

Does Reimagine the Alamo attempt to change history?
No. The Alamo is sacred ground. Heroes who sacrificed everything will always be the focal point of the historic site. The 1836 Battle is the event that defines the Alamo’s role in history. It will be the largest exhibit in the new museum and will always be the central story.

Why aren’t you rebuilding the original Alamo walls? I don’t want to go back to the historic footprint of 1836!
The main goals of the Alamo master plan are to preserve and protect the Alamo Church and Long Barrack and recapture the 1836 Battlefield. The 1836 Battlefield restoration team will make recommendations, on options for a perimeter that honors the Alamo’s history and ensures the safety of the Alamo and her visitors.

But I heard the Alamo would be surrounded by plexiglass!
No. No wall design has been approved and no wall that doesn’t honor the 1836 Alamo Battlefield will be approved.

Will the Reimagine plan turn the Alamo into a theme park?
No, it will become MORE respectful and dignified. The current “carnival-like” and “commercial” atmosphere in front of the Alamo will become a place of reverence, dignity, and respect to commemorate the Battle of 1836 and those who died fighting for Texas’ Independence. To make this possible, the General Land Office purchased the buildings across the street from the Alamo, and the plan calls for closing the streets so that the 1836 Battlefield can be recaptured and used for Living History exhibits and to allow visitors to Remember the Alamo.

What are you going to do with the Cenotaph?
Cenotaph means “empty tomb.” There are no ashes or remains of the Defenders in it, and it does not mark the place where their bodies were burned after the Battle. The place of the pyre was just outside the southern wall of the compound. The Cenotaph was dedicated in 1940, and was controversial at that time both for its design and location on the Plaza, which is the 1836 Battlefield. The Cenotaph will always stand, but no final decision on the Cenotaph’s location has been made. The Cenotaph might be moved to where the Defenders’ bodies were burned, to honor that place which is currently unmarked.

Where did the state and national flags, battle artifacts, plaques go?
They are where they have been for decades. Some items were temporarily moved to allow historic preservation work to be done on the walls. As work is completed, the items have been returned.

Will battle artifacts will be confined to a basement?
No. The Master Plan proposes a 100,000+ square foot museum that will be home to hundreds of Alamo artifacts including the spectacular Phil Collins collection featuring David Crockett’s rifle and James Bowie’s knife. It will also include a theatre featuring a film about this beloved Texas site, the 13 Day Siege, and the Battle of 1836. The Battle of the Alamo is and will always be the heart of the story, as that moment defines the Alamo and Texas itself.

Aren’t you creating a “free speech zone” to restrict where citizens can exercise their First Amendment rights?
No. The current free speech area presently located on the city’s Alamo Plaza – in the heart of the 1836 Battlefield – will be moved outside of where the walls once stood, further restoring dignity and reverence to this sacred ground.

 


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