Each year The Walker County Historical Commission, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and the City of Huntsville Tourism Department invites everyone to attend the Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston Birthday Celebration on March 2.
The March 2 festivities begin with a reception at the Walker County Museum/Gibbs-Powell House, located in downtown Huntsville at 1228 11th St.
The traditional march to Sam Houston’s gravesite at Oakwood Cemetery will commence at Old Main Pit near Austin Hall, located on the campus of Sam Houston State University. Led by the university’s ROTC members, marchers will proceed to the grave by means of University Avenue, with the support of the Bearkat History Club, the Department of Student Activities and members of the student body, faculty, staff and administration.
A special ceremony will take place to honor Gen. Houston at his gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery (Sam Houston Memorial Drive at 9th Street).
The gravesite ceremony will also include the SHSU ROTC Color Guard and Rifle Team, special music, the laying of wreaths and a “Baptized Texan Ceremony.” In case of inclement weather guest will make their way to First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, located at 10th & Sam Houston Ave. To be Baptized, guests must RSVP
Immediately following the ceremony is a luncheon at the Katy & E. Don Walker Sr. Education Center followed with a "Toast to Texas" and birthday cake, located at 1402 19th St. Guests must RSVP.
After lunch guest can make their way to City Hall where the Mayor will be unveiling a portrait of Pleasant Gray, the founder of Huntsville. Located at 1212 Avenue M.
In celebration of upcoming 25th Anniversary of the Sam Houston Statue, our goal is to complete the Ring of Honor around the base of the Statue. To reach our goal, we are offering a 5X8 brick for $100, normally $250, now through March 2nd.