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Texas Marks Declaration of Independence

Texas Declaration of Independence, at Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas.
Texas Declaration of Independence, at Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas.

By Dave Martin Davies, TPR News

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San Antonio, TX – Today is the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Texas declaration of independence. The historic event happened in Washington on the Brazos and as TPR's David Martin Davies reports - the community will be marking the day in a special way.

On March 2 1836 the fate of Texas was far from certain, But a General Convention with 59 delegates gathered in a cabin in Washington-on-the-Brazos to declare Texas a free nation.

On this Texas independence day Postal Service officials in Washington-on-the-Brazos will celebrate with a "historic pictorial" letter cancellation.

"If they'll send a stamped envelope or anything they want me to stamp with this cancellation postmark I will stamp it and mail it back to them," said Greg Walkoviak, the Washington-on-the-Brazos postmaster.

Walkoviak said the unique letter cancellations are prized by collectors. And already the letters have been piling up waiting for the official marking.

"The neighboring post master kinda offered to help me do this and it just is something to bring attention to the birthdate of the Texas independence," said Walkoviak.

The Washington-on-the-Brazos post office will also host some other special events recapping the area's history.