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Shamarie Claiborne Travelogue: A visit to San Antonio, Texas

"All I kept thinking was that brave Kentuckians had helped secure the ground I was walking on." - SHAMARIE CLAIBORNE
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By Shamarie Claiborne

Some of you may be aware that I have been out of town this past week. I attended a Migrant Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Without question it is one of the most beautiful and unique cities I have ever had the pleasure of exploring. My conference classes each day ended around four so my early evenings were spent walking around the city. San Antonio runs on central time but is much farther west than we are, so I had roughly four hours of light to snap shots in the evenings.


The history San Antonio has preserved is heaven for a history teacher like myself. One of my favorite outings was the hour or so I spent wandering around the Alamo one evening. Everyone kept saying it was a small place so I wasn't expecting much but the compound they have created around the two remaining original buildings on the site is very impressive to be in the middle of a downtown metropolitan area.

Of course, as I said there are only two of the original structures on the site but after what took place there with the cannons and fighting that went on for thirteen days starting on February 23, 1836--- I am amazed anything was left standing. We watched a short film over the Alamo events and I was proud to find out a confirmed 14 Kentuckians laid their lives down in the pursuit of Texas's freedom during the battle. Daniel Cloud, a relativity unknown Kentucky hero who perished at the Alamo, wrote this in a letter home while en route. It filled my heart with patriotic pride for the courage and determination these gentleman held so dear and so valiantly gave their lives for.

"If we succeed, the Country is ours. It is immense in extent, and fertile in its soil and will amply reward all our toil. If we fail, death in the cause of liberty and humanity is not cause for shuddering. Our rifles are by our side, and choice guns they are, we know what awaits us, and are prepared to meet it. " December 26th, 1835 - Daniel William Cloud - (1814 - 1836) - Lawyer from Logan County, Kentucky - Defender of the Alamo

All I kept thinking was that brave Kentuckians had helped secure the ground I was walking on. Following are a few shots I took, I hope you all enjoy them. - SHAMARIE CLAIBORNE


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Shamarie Claiborne at the Alamo: First Glimpse



2014-04-12 - Santonio, Texas - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
My first glimpse of the Alamo Mission. We had entered the compound from the back and ended up at this point. The mission is one of the two original buildings still standing from the sedge and you can read more about it at this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo_Mission_in_San_Antonio I will say it took my breath away ....- SHAMARIE CLAIBO

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Shamarie Claiborne at the Alamo: A poignant moment



2014-04-12 - San Antonio, Texas - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
Right before I entered the Alamo Mission, which houses a shrine to those who gave their lives defending her, I looked up and thought how poignant this view was due to the loss endured to achieve it.- SHAMARIE CLAIBORNE

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Shamarie Claiborne at the Alamo: Someone else's wish



2014-04-12 - San Antonio, Texas - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
I caught a shot of someone's wish while resting on a bench at this fountain inside the Alamo compound. I got to thinking about all the wishes this fountain has accepted throughout the years. Then it came to me how privileged I am to sit among others wishes if just a moment. God has blessed me with more than I deserve -- so I chose to send a prayer up for God to answer at least the last wish thrown in that I could see laying in the fountain. - SHAMARIE CLAIBORNE

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Shamarie Claiborne at the Alamo: David Crockett was here



2014-04-12 - San Antonio, Texas - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
This is the approximate area where David Crockett was positioned with his troops. It is referred to as the Palisade. The late afternoon sun gave it a glow of it's own.- SHAMARIE CLAIBORNE

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Shamarie Claiborne at the Alamo: Another shot at the mission



2014-04-12 - San Antonio, Texas - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
Another shot of the Mission. It's architecture alone is worth preserving but the fact that it is one of the only two remaining original Alamo structures makes it priceless.- SHAMARIE CLAIBORNE

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Shamarie Claiborne at the Alamo: Sales Museum



2014-04-12 - San Antonio, Texas - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
This is the building that houses the Sales Museum and was built in 1936. It is beautiful and a work of art itself. It houses not only items for sale but exhibits on Texas history.- SHAMARIE CLAIBORNE

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Shamarie Claiborne at the Alamo: Cacti



2014-04-12 - San Antonio, Texas - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
In these parts folks put graffiti on walls like at Rock House bottom with spray paint. Around San Antonio they have a different medium to leave their mark. I figure the chosen medium might just leave a mark of it's own on the artist.- SHAMARIE CLAIBORNE

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Shamarie Claiborne at Alamo: Moon reminded of home & holler



2014-04-12 - San Antonio, Texas - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
The stone wall that now protects the Alamo compound was built in the 1920's. When I looked up at it I thought of home and the holler. I hit me how different my view of the moon is but it humbled me because we all, regardless of location, are looking at the same moon.- SHAMARIE CLAIBORNE

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