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* Badgett, Jesse B. * LeGrand, Edwin
* Barnett, George Oswald
Washington * Maverick, Samuel
* Barnett, Thomas Augustus
* Blount, Stephen * McKinney, Collin
William * Menard, Michel
* Bower, John White Branamour
* Brigham, Asa * Menefee, William
* Briscoe, Andrew * Moore, John W.
* Bunton, John Wheeler * Mottley, Junius William
* Byrom, John Smith * Navarro, Jose Antonio
Davenport * Parmer, Martin
* Caldwell, Mathew * Penington, Sydney
* Carson, Samuel Price Oswald
* Childress, George * Potter, Robert
Campbell * Power, James
* Clark, William, Jr. * Roberts, John S.
* Coleman, Robert M. * Robertson, Sterling
* Collinsworth, James Clack
* Conrad, Edward * Ruiz, Jose Francisco
* Crawford, William * Rusk, Thomas Jefferson
Carrol * Scates, William
* Ellis, Richard Bennett
* Everitt, Stephen * Smyth, George
* Fisher, John * Stapp, Elijah
* Fisher, Samuel Rhoads * Stewart, Charles
* Gaines, James Taylor Bellinger Tate
* Gazley, Thomas * Swisher, James Gibson
Jefferson * Taylor, Charles
* Goodrich, Benjamin Stanfield
Briggs * Thomas, David
* Grimes, Jesse * Turner, John
* Hamilton, Robert * Waller, Edwin
* Hardeman, Bailey * West, Claiborne
* Hardin, Augustine * Woods, James B.
Blackburn * Zavala, Lorenzo de
* Houston, Samuel * Kimble, Herbert Simms
* Lacy, William (Secretary)*
* Latimer, Albert
*The 60th Signer: As secretary to the Convention
of 1836, Herbert Simms Kimble was responsible
for recording the delegates decision to proclaim
independence from Mexico, and in this official ca-
pacity, his signature appears on the original docu-
ment. Therefore, Kimble is usually considered to be
the 60th signer, and his descendants participated
in the 175th anniversary celebration at Washing-
winder, used instead of a spool, whittled by Sam Hous-
ton. Quotes, taken from recorded eyewitness accounts of
the historical event, were posted throughout the exhibit,
providing stirring insight into the turmoil that the del-
egates felt. The words of Stephen H. Everitt, representing
what is now Jasper County, serve as an example: "This is
the proudest act of my life. By it I may have forfeited it, but I
will die like a freeman should die, battling against tyranny"
(Sam Houston Dixon, 1924: 302).
REACTIONS TO THE CELEBRATION
Feedback from the descendants indicates that the event
was a success. One attendee drove nine hours to be at the
celebration, saying, "It was a very emotional moment for
us when they called Thomas Jefferson Rusk's name. How
very special everything was!" A Martin Parmer descen-
dant commented, "I cannot tell you how moving this
is to be part of something much bigger than myself."
And yet another remarked, "Thank you for recogniz-
ing these courageous men and [for] keeping Texas his-
One of the ancillary objectives of the Museum's plan
was to create an event at which descendants could meet
each other. When family members arrived, signs directed
them to one of the Park's facilities for registration. There
they received name badges preprinted with their respec-
tive signer's name. Red ribbons emblazoned with gold
quill pens hung from the badges, and this distinctive
identification made it easy for these special guests to spot
each other in the crowd. It also helped them find other
descendants of the same signer. Lapel pins with a newly
designed descendant logo were given out, and souve-
nirs commemorating their ancestors and the event
were available for purchase. Maps directed descen-
dants to their respective "family tree" in the Park's
picnic area. Signs were hung on the trees providing
each family with a meeting area for the weekend.
Some took advantage of the "Signers Forum," an
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