Sam Houston State University

Texas Independence Day & Sam Houston's Birthday Celebration in Huntsville

Join the Walker County Historical Commission, Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Republic of Texas Presidential Library, and the City of Huntsville Tourism Department for the annual Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston’s Birthday celebration on March 2!

The day kicks off with a coffee reception at the Walker County Museum: Gibbs-Powell House at 9:15 a.m.

At 10:00 a.m. join members of the student body, faculty, staff and administration of Sam Houston State University in the traditional march to Sam Houston’s grave from the Old Main Pit, located near Austin Hall on the SHSU campus grounds.

Guests meet at Oakwood Cemetery to honor the life of Sam Houston on his birthday at 11:00 a.m. for the gravesite ceremony, which will also include the SHSU ROTC Color Guard and Rifle Team, special musical selections and speakers, the laying of the wreaths by descedants of Sam Houston, and the much anticipated “Baptized a Texan” ceremony. Participants of the “Baptized a Texan” event kneel in front of Sam Houston’s memorial and receive pond water across their forehead and receive a commemorative gift bag from the City of Huntsville Tourism Department.

Immediately following the gravesite ceremony is a luncheon hosted by the Walker County Historical Commission and a “Toast to Texas” and birthday cake sponsored by the City of Huntsville Tourism Department at the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education at the Sam Houston Museum.  Reservations are needed in advance for the luncheon.

To receive a letter or email about how to participate in these events, please contact the staff at the Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center at  936-291-9726 or

You can register online here: Texas Independence Day Celebration | Visit Huntsville, TX (

Saturday, March 2 at 9:00am to 4:30pm

Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, Gibbs conference Hall 1402 19th Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340

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Open to the Public







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