March 2: Texas Independence Day

My Alma Matter informs me that for more than a century Texas Exes (where ever they may be) have remembered March 2nd (Texas Independence Day) as a time to celebrate both the State and the University of Texas. This observance apparently began with a missed class, a visit to Scholz’s Beer Garden, and a spiked cannon. See more on that story here.

“Texas Independence?” you ask….Oh, Yes…On March 2, 1836 a convention of American-immigrants to Texas met at Washington-on-the-Brazos and declared independence of from Mexico. The delegates chose David Burnet as provisional president and confirmed Sam Houston as the commander in chief of all Texan forces. They also adopted a constitution that protected the free practice of slavery, which had been prohibited by Mexican law.

At any rate….In 1900, the Association adopted a resolution which states: “Whenever two Texas Exes shall meet on March 2nd, they all shall sit and break bread and pay tribute to the institution that made their education possible.”

The bit about missing class, Scholz’s Beer Garden & a cannon seems more palatable than the “over-the-top” proclamation….but that’s Texas for ya….

So let’s celebrate the right of “foreign fighters” to declare slavery legal and overthrow a federal government…..WHAT?!?!?! or, better yet…. QUE?!?!?

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4 Comments on “March 2: Texas Independence Day”

  1. March 4, 2006 at 12:16 am #

    the eyes of texas are upon you…

  2. March 4, 2006 at 2:25 am #

    “…all the live long day”….Who’s idea was it to rip off “I’ve been working on the railroad” anyway!?!?!

  3. Anonymous
    March 4, 2006 at 2:29 am #

    1903…John Sinclair, written for the Cowboy Minstrel Show…
    http://lhb.music.utexas.edu/history/songs_index.html

  4. March 4, 2006 at 2:38 am #

    Minstrel show?!? I knew that it dated to the turn of the century….but I didn’y know it was from a MINSTREL SHOW…a whole new racial “ball of wax”, eh?

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