Today is Texas Independence Day, which celebrates the signing of Texas's declaration of independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836. While a convention was gathered in Washington-on-the-Brazos to write the declaration of independence, the two-week long Battle of the Alamo was taking place in San Antonio. Although the battle was a victory for Mexico, it rallied a tremendous amount of support for the Texian army and "Remember the Alamo!" became its battle cry.
This week we have two images of the Alamo, created a century apart. You'll notice the Alamo building, which was partially demolished after the battle, is in really bad shape in the drawing by Edward Everett, who came to Texas in the 1840s to fight in the U.S.-Mexican War. It was then renovated by the time Laura Gilpin took the photo below, a hundred years later.
Edward Everett (1818-1903), Ruins of the Church of the Alamo, San Antonio de BÃ©xar, transparent and opaque watercolor and ink on paper, 1847
Gift of Mrs. Anne Burnett Tandy in memory of her father Thomas Lloyd Burnett, 1870-1938
Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), The Alamo, Source of Texas History, gelatin silver print, 1947
© 1979 Amon Carter Museum, Bequest of the artist