Land commissioner: Boxing promo disgraces Alamo's history

Land commissioner: Boxing promo disgraces Alamo's history

Credit: Martha Cerna / KENS 5

What was life like 176 years ago when Alamo heroes were fighting to the death for independence? The San Antonio Living History Association brings it all to life on the doorsteps of the Alamo - or at least, in Alamo Plaza. Tents and tables of period toys, flintlock arms, authentic costumes, perood spinning, black powder cartridge-making triggered imaginations. Historically attired members of SALHA happily provided detailed answers to questions about the people and places that set the stage for the pre-dawn attack that ended the lives of the Alamo defenders. Firing musket volleys and posing for pictures, these reenactors brought it home for bus loads of children, curious tourists, and proud San Antonians. On Tuesday, SALHA raffled off a British Tower Land Pattern musket. Ed Lunderman, SALHA vice president, assured onlookers that the musket, used between 1728 and 1820 and valued at $600, was the real McCoy, and would come in handy shooting possums and woodchucks. A gentleman from New Braunfels was the lucky winner.

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by Freddy Hunt / Kens5.com

KENS

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A Texas land commissioner is speaking out against a planned boxing promotion at Alamo Plaza that he says "desecrates the Shrine of Texas Liberty."

“This would not happen at Gettysburg," Jerry Patterson said in a press release. "No one would even imagine holding such an event at the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor. Alamo Plaza is where Bowie and Travis fell. It should be treated as the hallowed ground that it is.”

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez are expected at Alamo Plaza on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Their fight is scheduled for Sept. 14.

Patterson went on to call out Mayor Julian Castro, who is scheduled to speak at the event, saying the mayor and the city need to change how they think about the Alamo.

“Alamo Plaza no place to promote a Las Vegas title fight. Alamo Plaza is the Alamo,” Patterson said. “It is a battlefield where brave men died to secure our liberty and should be treated as such.”

Patterson said addition Alamo Rangers will be at the event to protect the Alamo from the thousands of fight fans expected at the event.

The press release also mentions recent legislation to designate Alamo Plaza a special historic district. The designation, according to the release, would protect the Alamo from such promotional events.

“Last month it was Kanye West, this month it’s Vegas fight promoters,” Patterson said. “The Alamo is under a constant siege of people who just don't appreciate the significance of the site.”
 

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