To my fellow Texans and all who love the Alamo,
I'm Lee Spencer White, founder and president of the Alamo Defenders Descendants Association (ADDA), direct bloodline of the Alamo garrison. We represent the men, women and children who were inside the Alamo during the 1836 battle. Our ancestors were Esparza, Crockett, Jennings and Abamillo.
We are strongly opposed to the current Reimagine the Alamo master plan, which has been forced upon us by Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush. There are many detrimental aspects of the plan, but the most egregious of these is that it diminishes — even disrespects — the ultimate sacrifice of the Alamo defenders.
Master planner George Skarmeas has stated, “We cannot single out one moment in time.” While the ADDA respect the many layers of history of the Alamo, we feel the 1836 battle is its defining moment and why it is remembered or even exists today.
For more than 20 years our organization has gathered for a soul-stirring candlelight service inside the Alamo Chapel. A service where the Alamo roll call is read and the descendant of that person stands to honor their Alamo ancestor. We, the blood of those brave men and women, have been denied the use of the Chapel since George P. Bush took control, having been shuffled to a side building outside the battlefield or even worse into the street.
The Reimagine plan encouraged the City of San Antonio to pass a motion to remove the Cenotaph, the 1936 monument to the ultimate sacrifice of the Alamo defenders whose names are engraved thereon, completely out of Alamo Plaza. Yes, locating it several blocks away where it will fall prey to vandals. This is how we honor and remember the Alamo?
The City of San Antonio was told the new site is more appropriate for the monument as it is the site where the bodies were burned. In fact, that is a lie. We, the Alamo descendants, want to place a bronze marker next to the Cenotaph with an updated list of Alamo defenders as well as the couriers, survivors and noncombatants of the Alamo. Please help us. Stop the removal of the monument; get the word out to everybody: “Leave the Cenotaph alone.” Repair, yes; move, no.
I encourage everyone who cares about the Alamo to oppose the Reimagine plan, and inform every Texan about what is truly happening at the Alamo. Remember the Alamo, not reimagine it.
God Bless Texas,
Lee Spencer White
President of the Alamo Defenders Descendants Association