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For more than 200 years the Alamo has been called the Alamo and it always will be the Alamo.
Preserving the Alamo is our number one priority. The Alamo Church and Long Barrack need significant preservation to ensure they will remain standing in another 300 years.
We must recapture the 1836 Battlefield/courtyard. Today a busy street runs through the 1836 Battlefield where Defenders fought and died. We must remove the street, free-speech zone, and the current “carnival-like” atmosphere to create a place of reverence, dignity, and respect for those who died fighting for Texas’ Independence.
Are you renaming the Alamo?
No. Not now, not ever. It will always be called the Alamo. No recommendation or proposal has ever been made to change the name.
Do the plans diminish the 1836 Battle?
Absolutely not. The 1836 Battle is central to future plans. It is the event that defines the Alamo’s role in history. It is, by far, the largest exhibit in the new museum and will always be the central story. The plan will tell the 1836 story through compelling exhibits and living history programs, and in the Alamo.
What is happening to the Alamo walls and the historic 1836 footprint?
The main goals of the Alamo master plan are to preserve and protect the Alamo Church and Long Barrack and recapture the 1836 Battlefield. Alamo staff and museum interpretation and exhibit specialists will make recommendations on options for a perimeter that honors the Alamo’s history and ensures the safety of the Alamo and her visitors.
But I heard the Alamo would be surrounded by plexiglass!
No. Plexiglas was never proposed and no wall design has been approved in the final Reimagine the Alamo Master Plan. Many people have expressed that they prefer no walls, and the structural glass wall concept was very unpopular.
Will the Reimagine plan turn the Alamo into a theme park?
No! It will become MORE respectful and dignified. The current “carnival-like” and “commercial” atmosphere in front of the Alamo will become a place of reverence, dignity, and respect to commemorate the Battle of 1836 and those who died fighting for Texas’ Independence. To make this possible, the General Land Office purchased the buildings across the street from the Alamo, and the plan calls for closing the streets so the 1836 Battlefield can be recaptured and used for Living History exhibits and to allow visitors to Remember the Alamo.
What are you going to do with the Cenotaph?
The City of San Antonio owns the Cenotaph and plans to repair this monument to the Defenders. Cenotaph means “empty tomb.” There are no ashes or remains of the Defenders in it, and it does not mark the place where their bodies were burned after the Battle. None of the three funeral pyres were located inside the walls of the Alamo. Evidence indicates that two of the fires with near St. Joseph Church on Commerce Street. The third was some distance behind the Alamo’s church. The Cenotaph will always stand, but the City of San Antonio has made no final decision on the Cenotaph’s future location. The Cenotaph might be moved to where the Defenders’ bodies were burned, to honor that place which is currently unmarked.
Where did the state and national flags, battle artifacts, plaques go?
They are where they have been for decades. Some items were temporarily moved to allow historic preservation work to be done on the walls. As work is completed, the items have been returned.
Will battle artifacts be confined to a basement?
No. The Master Plan proposes a 100,000+ square foot museum that will be home to hundreds of Alamo artifacts including the spectacular Phil Collins collection featuring David Crockett’s rifle and James Bowie’s knife. It will also include a theatre featuring a film about this beloved Texas site, the 13 Day Siege, and the Battle of 1836. The Battle of the Alamo is and will always be the heart of the story, as that moment defines the Alamo and Texas itself.
Aren’t you creating a “free speech zone” to restrict where citizens can exercise their First Amendment rights?
No. The plan removes the current “free speech zone” from Alamo Plaza — in the heart of the 1836 Battlefield — to an area outside of where the walls once stood, further restoring dignity and reverence to this sacred ground.
Does the United Nations have any role in the management of the Alamo?
No! Not now, not ever. The Alamo, along with four other Spanish-era missions in San Antonio, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015. This is nothing more than a designation and has nothing to do with management of the Alamo.
What are you doing about the Alamo and the Long Barrack?
This year we will begin the process to preserve and protect the Church and Long Barrack so that future generations can learn about the history of the Alamo, the 1836 Battle, and the history of Texas independence. The Alamo Church and Long Barrack are in desperate need of structural repair. More than 300 years of heat, rain, and elements have taken a toll.