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State And Local Leaders Disagree On How To Tell The Alamo’s History

Texas Public Radio

Members of the Alamo Preservation Committee are becoming concerned by growing intervention in the $450 million plans to redevelop the Alamo grounds

The committee met Wednesday to hear an update on the status of the project following intervention by state officials.

A committee member tells Texas Public Radio the growing rift between the state and local committee primarily concerns the scale of the story of the Alamo.

Many committee members want the redevelopment to include the mission’s history under Spanish and Mexican rule, while the state appears focused on telling the story of the Battle of the Alamo familiar to tourists.

The latest intervention by the state was the vote by the Texas Historical Commission to block the move of the Cenotaph.

The Tri-Chairs of the committee are expected to release a statement that encourages the state to stick to the redevelopment plans agreed to by the Texas General Land Office.

Opponents wanted the Cenotaph to remain on what was the Alamo battlefield. The plans called for it to be moved about 500 feet away.

Commission Chairman John Nau said it's the duty of the Texas Historical Commission to work with the Alamo Trust to create a visitor experience worthy of the state's most symbolic and revered landmark.

"There is no question that the end result is worth this pain. The end result should be the Cenotaph located where the blood flowed,” he said.

Committee members said the move to block the Centotaph’s move either delays or derails the project.

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules