Daughters of the Republic of Texas Sue Land Office

The Alamo in San Antonio.
The Alamo in San Antonio.

It turns out the Battle of the Alamo — or rather the Battle of the Alamo's library — is just getting started. 

Earlier this month, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush fired the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, longtime managers of the Alamo, effective July 10. In a letter to the group, Bush cited 10 contract violations and said the state would be moving in a new direction. Now, the group is suing the general land office and Bush, claiming they are wrongfully trying to claim the DRT's library.

The lawsuit, filed in Bexar County on Monday, alleges that shortly after Bush decided to terminate the DRT's management, the land office told the organization of plans to "transition" the group's library collection to the state. The suit says this is an "unconstitutional taking" of private property. 

The land office declined to comment on the suit. 

The lawsuit also says the land office ordered the library, which is located within the Alamo complex, to be closed on the weekends except for one Saturday a month. Then, the DRT says it was warned "the San Antonio Police Department would begin making 'special patrols' around the DRT Library premises."

According to the lawsuit, the library began when it was endowed with a selection of artifacts in 1945 by William E. Howard, a native San Antonio doctor. Since then, the suit says the daughters have accepted many donations of Texas artifacts. The library now has about 38,000 items including books, maps, flags and other items. 

Disclosure: The Texas General Land Office was a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune in 2011. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.

 

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