The fight for Texas’ independence from Mexico may not be well known or understood by many of today’s Austin residents who have moved here from other states. For many native-born Texans whose family goes back generations, the stories of the people who fought for a new land and government free from Mexican rule is something they hold near and dear, for it was their ancestors who shed blood to help in that great cause.
On the “Texas Independence Walking Tours” at Historic Oakwood Cemetery you will hear about some of the heroes interred at Oakwood who participated in the Texas Revolution (October 1835 to April 1836). You will learn about eight “residents” of Oakwood Cemetery on what it was like to live and fight in Texas during the Revolution days.
Some of the highlights we will be celebrating are Oakwood residents who:
- Participated in the opening battle of the Texas Revolution at the Battle of Gonzales
- Was one of the leaders at the Siege of Bexar and negotiated General Cos’ surrender
- Was a participant in the “Runaway Scape”.
- Survived the Alamo
- Escaped from Goliad, avoiding the tragic Goliad Massacre
- Elected as one of 59 representatives to write and sign both the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Texas Constitution and risked being charged with treason
- Helped win the decisive Battle of San Jacinto
- Guarded Santa Anna after his capture
The tour will not only be educational, but will also be filled with fun and interesting facts!
Visitors need to wear closed-toed comfortable shoes because of the uneven ground.