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Angel of the Alamo
Angel of the Alamo
If it weren't for Adina Emilia de Zavala, the "Angel of the Alamo" that most famous of all shrines to Texan freedom might not exist. She was a teacher and leader of society and as a directing force of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in San Antonio, she campaigned successfully to put the buildings of the Alamo under state ownership. The preservationists' lease on the Long Barracks was about to expire and a vaudeville troupe was about to move in 1908. Adina barricaded herself inside without food and conducted a highly publicized civil disobedience siege after which the barracks were successfully brought back under the state's ownership. You can see a plaque to her memory at Alamo Plaza as well as at the Menger Hotel where she lived during her Alamo campaign. In 1955, the Texas State Legislature passed a resolution citing her for playing "a major role in preserving the Alamo and the Spanish Governor's Palace." It’s official: Adina definitely earned her Alamo Angel wings!
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