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The Alamo

Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio’s Historic Design and Review Commission has advanced parts of the Alamo’s multi-million dollar redevelopment plan in a 7-4 vote.

The commission approved street improvements, landscaping and a placement for the Cenotaph monument – which is one of the most controversial aspects of the $450 million project. The vote comes less than a week after the Texas General Land Office announced the remains of three bodies found during an archaeological dig.

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The remains of three bodies have been unearthed at the Alamo in San Antonio.  The remains were discovered during an archaeological dig as the Alamo undergoes a multi-million dollar redevelopment.

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After years of planning and protests, work on the $450 million Alamo Plaza redesign is expected to begin next month.


Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio

The Alamo is the cradle of Texas liberty, but it’s also the site of a Catholic cemetery. The famous battleground served as a mission to area Catholics for many years before it was secularized and memorialized in Texas history.

American Indians in San Antonio used Indigenous Peoples Day to draw attention to the recent discovery of human remains on the site.


Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio

The archaeological team at the Alamo announced Friday that human remains were uncovered at the site. On Monday, a group of Native Americans gathered across the street from the Alamo to provide their own perspective on those remains.


 Gregg Dimmick, left, and Sol Garza shift through dirt for artifacts from one dig site at the Long Barrack.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Archaeologists are digging through the summer heat to complete a major project at the Alamo for preservation efforts — and the occasional discovery of artifacts. 

  

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Alamo Plaza is one step closer to a complete redevelopment.


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The pantheon of heroes of Texas independence from Mexico includes names many know: Davy Crocket, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Jim Bowie and Juan Seguin.

But of these Texan heroes, Seguin’s story may be one of the most interesting, conflicted and inspiring.

On this episode of "Texas Matters," we talk to author Bill Neeley about his book, "A Tejano Knight, The Quest of Don Juan Seguin."