Unveiling of Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis Statue at The Alamo: Honoring a Texas Hero

August 9, 2023


Jonathan Huhn, Alamo Trust, Inc.
Mobile (210) 867-7717

Bronze statue Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis drawing a line with a sword in front a Texas State flag

The Alamo proudly commemorated the 214th birthday of Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis, unveiling a majestic statue in his honor earlier today. The unveiling ceremony, which took place in the Ralston Family Collections Center, located behind the historic Alamo Church, gathered esteemed guests and members of the public to pay tribute to this Texas hero. The distinguished guests present at the ceremony included Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, M.D.

Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis, a renowned lawyer, and fearless soldier, played an instrumental role in the Texas Revolution, leading the Texian Army during the legendary siege at the Alamo. His unwavering spirit and the famous "Victory or Death" letter continue to serve as enduring symbols of Texas' fight for independence and its unyielding spirit.

"Today, we stand at the hallowed grounds of the Alamo to honor the memory of Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis, a man whose dedication and sacrifice have left an indelible mark on the fabric of our state's history", said Commissioner Dawn Buckingham. "This statue serves as a powerful reminder of the courage and determination that shaped Texas, and we must always cherish the memory of those who fought valiantly for our freedom."

Dr. Kate Rogers, Executive Director of Alamo Trust, Inc., expressed her gratitude, saying, "The Alamo Trust is deeply honored to be part of this significant occasion. The statue of Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis symbolizes our commitment to preserving and sharing the stories of those who fought for Texas' independence. We hope this monument will inspire future generations to learn about the Alamo's full history and appreciate the sacrifices made by our forefathers."

The realization of this magnificent memorial was made possible by the generous contribution of Mr. Tom and Mitch Fleming. Their dedication to preserving Texas history and honoring Lt. Colonel Travis's legacy has brought this project to life. It will serve as an enduring symbol of the state's history for years to come. 

The talented artist Mr. James Muir crafted the statue, a testament to Lt. Colonel Travis's enduring legacy and a proud reminder of Texas's historic struggle for independence.

The Alamo extends its heartfelt gratitude to all those who attended the unveiling ceremony and joined in paying homage to the memory of Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis. A special appreciation goes to our generous supporters who contributed funds to facilitate the relocation of the statue to the Alamo grounds.

For those interested in revisiting the ceremony of unveiling the statue in honor of Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis, the opportunity is available through our Facebook Live Stream accessible here.

Face of Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis on a bronze statue next to a Texas State flag
Dr. Kate Rogers and Dr. Dawn Buckingham in front of a bronze statue and Texas State flag
Detail of hand holding sword on bronze statue of Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis
Detail of belt on bronze statue of Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis
Detail of sword held by bronze statue of Lt. Colonel William Barret Travis

About Alamo Trust, Inc. | Alamo Trust, Inc. (ATI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that oversees the daily operations at the Alamo and implementation of the Alamo Plan. Located in the heart of San Antonio, the Alamo stands as a Shrine to Texas Liberty. The Alamo tells the story of Texas Independence as part of its rich and diverse 300-year history to over 1.6 million visitors every year and is the #1 most visited destination in the State of Texas. In 1960, the Alamo was designated a United States National Historic Landmark, and in 2015, it became part of the Lone Star State's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness living history, experience authentic artifacts, and explore an iconic landmark that shaped the country. Visit theAlamo.org.