San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Adina de Zavala
(November 28, 1861 – March 1, 1955)
As the granddaughter of Lorenzo de Zavala (1789-1836), first vice-president of the Republic of Texas, young Adina de Zavala was exposed to vivid accounts of Texas' revolutionary and republican past. She became a guiding force in the preservation of many of Texas' most revered historic structures and sites, including the Alamo, Mission San Francisco de Los Tejas in East Texas, and San Antonio's Spanish Governor's Palace. The "De Zavala Daughters," a women's group formed by Miss Adina in 1889, erected Texas' first historical markers and helped preserve San Antonio's Spanish missions.
Her firm belief, later verified, was that remnants of Mission San Antonio de Valero, known in 1836 as the Alamo's long barracks, lay underneath the wooden exterior of buildings adjacent to the Alamo church. By 1893, as president of the De Zavala chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), Miss Adina had secured the adjacent property owner's commitment to give the chapter first purchase option. In 1908, upon hearing that the 2-story long barracks were about to be razed, Miss Adina barricaded herself inside the buildings for three days
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 86.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Hispanic Americans • War, Texas Independence • Women.
Location. 29° 25.556′ N, 98° 29.202′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from Alamo Plaza 0.1 miles south of East Houston Street. Marker is located on Alamo Plaza, in front of the Alamo. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Alamo 1900 (a few steps from this marker); The Alamo 1891 (a few steps from this marker); Part of the San Antonio de Valero Mission (a few steps from this marker); The Birthplace of Freemasonry in West Texas (a few steps from this marker); Masonic Heroes of the Alamo (a few steps from this marker); The Alamo in 1836 (a few steps from this marker); The Alamo 1836-1846 (a few steps from this marker); The Alamo Cenotaph (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
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