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Phil Collins Donates Collection of Alamo Artifacts

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As a member of Genesis and as a solo artist he has created the soundtrack to our lives for the past four decades, and on October 28th multiple Grammy Award winner Phil Collins will put a song in the hearts of history buffs as he donates treasured items to the people of Texas.

Alamo_PhilCollins_062614_28The musical luminary’s link with the Alamo began at the age of five, when the future chart-topper chose to perform the theme song from the television series Davy Crockett at a talent competition, and over the years his fascination led to an extensive accumulation of artifacts related to the turning point in the Texas Revolution, which Collins chronicled in his 2012 book, The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey.

Among the many items that are returning to the San Antonio site are David Crockett’s fringed leather pouch which held musket balls on that day in 1836 when the frontiersman met his fate; a rifle owned by Davy Crockett (one of only four in existence); Jim Bowie’s knife, and letters from William B. Travis.

On October 28th the British pop/rock icon will see The Collins Collection take its placed in the Gallagher House, located at 723 East Houston Street.

“Texans are deeply indebted to Phil Collins,” stated Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. “He is giving us back our heritage. Now these Texas treasures need a home where all can see them and study from them and learn about how Texans won our liberty.”

“I am enormously pleased and proud to have my collection ‘going home’ to the Alamo,” Collins stated. ‘It has been, and will continue to be my passion, and I shall continue to gather relics and documents, and forward them so they can be enjoyed.”

For more information regarding the Alamo and the effort to build a permanent space to house The Collins Collection:

The following video documents Phil Collins’ announcement of the donation in front of The Alamo in June 2014:

Photo Credit: The Alamo

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