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The Texas State Cemetery. Background The Texas State Cemetery is located in Austin, Texas, approximately 1 mile east of the capitol. Originally established.

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1 The Texas State Cemetery

2 Background The Texas State Cemetery is located in Austin, Texas, approximately 1 mile east of the capitol. Originally established as the burial place for soldiers and founders of the Republic of Texas, today it represents all aspects of Texas history and culture. While many prominent Texans are buried here, many others are memorialized with cenotaphs.

3 Visiting The cemetery is open to the public from 8-5 daily, and the visitors center and gallery are open Monday – Friday. Guided tours are available for groups of 10+. The guides are excellent and cater to students interests in selecting which sites to view. While a significant amount can be seen in one hour, it is easy to spend 2-3 hours here and not see everything.

4 Eligibility for Burial Members of the state legislature State officials nominated by the governor, confirmed by the Senate, and served 12+ years in the appointment Elective state officials A person specified by a governors proclamation A person specified by a resolution of the legislature Significant contribution to the history or culture of Texas

5 Curriculum Connections Texas History Government Civics Black History Month Civil War Literature Veterans Day

6 Added Information (featured on the back of many tombstones)

7 State Highway 165 – The shortest in Texas

8 Willie El Diablo Wells

9 Barbara Jordan First African- American woman elected to the Texas Senate United States Congress Gained fame during Watergate hearings Professor, The University of Texas

10 Ann Richards Governor of Texas First woman governor elected in her own right, not as a surrogate for her husband Appointed more women and minorities than any predecessor.

11 Tom Landry Former coach, Dallas Cowboys 29 years with team 20 straight winning seasons 2 Super Bowl Titles Member, Professional Football Hall of Fame

12 John Connally Governor, State of Texas Secretary of the Navy Secretary of the Treasury Injured during the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas in November, 1963

13 Susanna Dickinson Survivor, Battle of the Alamo Delivered news of fall of the Alamo to Sam Houston

14 Stephen F. Austin The father of Texas Brought 300 families to settle Texas in the 1820s

15 Ma & Pa Ferguson

16 Fred Gipson Author, Old Yeller and Savage Sam Credited with legitimizing Southwestern literature Recipient of numerous literary awards

17 James Frank Dobie Storyteller of the Southwest Recipient, Medal of Freedom Author, numerous books, including Tales of Old Time Texas

18 World War II Memorial

19 Purple Heart Memorial

20 Gold Star Mothers of Texas Memorial

21 Vietnam War Memorial

22 Medal of Honor Monument

23 September 11 th Memorial

24 Sources Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau Historic Landmark Commission (n.d.). Historic walking tours: Texas State Cemetery [Brochure]. Holley, J. (2006, September 14). Former Texas Governor Ann Richards dies, The Washington Post. Retrieved from dyn/content/article/2006/09/14/AR html dyn/content/article/2006/09/14/AR html Texas State Cemetery Committee (n.d.). Texas State Cemetery [Brochure.

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