A good crowd turned out for the celebration of General Sam Houston’s birthday and Texas Independence Day Sunday afternoon in Huntsville. Because of the the inclement weather, most of the program was held inside at Mance Park Middle School which is across the street from Oakwood Cemetery and Sam Houston’s gravesite.
The celebration was attended by local dignitaries and visitors like the Chief of the Alabama-Coushatta Indians, Clem Cylestine; Tommy Wildcat, Linguist of the Cherokee Nation; and Dr. Robert Montgomery, director of the Oxford Graduate School.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Bill O’Neal who gave an informative presentation on leadership qualities of Sam Houston.
An interesting point Dr. O’Neal passed along was about Houston’s important leadership contribution to the Texas Revolution and posed the question of what would have been the outcome if he had instead run for the nation’s highest office? . . . .