Adina de Zavala - San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Address: Alamo Plaza
Directions: Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
Marker #: 5029000086
Year Dedicated: 1994
Size, type: 27" x 42" Subject
Last reported condition: N/A
Adina de Zavala - As the granddaughter of Lorenzo de Zavala (1789-1836), first vice-president of the Republic of Texas, young Adina de Zavala was exposed to vivid accounts of Texas' Revolutionary and Republican past. She became a guiding force in the preservation of many of Texas' most revered historic structures and sites, including the Alamo, Mission San Francisco de Los Tejas in East Texas, and San Antonio's Spanish Governor's Palace. The "De Zavala Daughters," a women's group formed in Miss Adina in 1889, erected Texas' first historical markers and helped preserve San Antonio's Spanish missions. Her firm belief, later verified, was that remnants of Mission San Antonio de Valero, known in 1836 as the Alamo's long barracks, lay underneath the wooden exterior of buildings adjacent to the Alamo church. By 1893, as president of the De Zavala chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), Miss Adina had secured the adjacent property owner's commitment to give the chapter first purchase option. In 1908, upon hearing that the 2-story long barracks were about to be razed, Miss Adina barricaded herself inside the buildings for three days and nights in an effort that ultimately prevented their destruction. (1994)
Decimal degrees:  N 29.425760   W -98.486076
Degrees, minutes: N 29 25.546   W 098 29.165
UTM: Zone 14, Easting 549850, Northing 3255267
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