BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
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Texas Nationalist Movement
POC: Dave Mundy, Media Coordinator
National office: (409) 527-4929
TNM TO SUE MEXICO FOR RETURN OF ARTIFACTS
NEDERLAND, Texas The Texas Nationalist Movement is preparing for a lawsuit against Mexico for the return of artifacts taken to Mexico City during the Texas Revolution.
"It has been known for some time that the Mexican government is in possession of the true Alamo flag and many other artifacts captured during their invasion of Texas and we want them back," TNM president Daniel Miller said. "We are going to initiate the suit in federal court and will appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague if necessary."
The move is part of a longer-sought exchange of artifacts recovered by each side during the Texas Revolution of 1835-36.
An article in the Texas Observer relates the tale of a 1998 expedition by Texas officials to Mexico City, seeking to recover the flag of the First Company of Texan Volunteers from New Orleans, dubbed the "New Orleans Greys" because of their distinctive uniforms. The two companies of riflemen were welcomed by the settlers of East Texas, who gifted them with, according to the Texas Observer article by Lucius Lomax, " a flag, made of blue silk, about the size of a bath towel, bordered by white fringe. The silk featured the likeness of an eagle, wings spread, and below the eagle the words, 'First Company of Texan Volunteers from New Orleans.'"
The flag was captured at the Alamo and returned to Mexico City as war booty. In the years since its re-discovery in the archives of the National Museum of History at Chapultapec Castle, several different administrations in both Austin and in Washington have sought its return. At one point, former Texas Gov. George W. Bush's administration offered to trade a number of artifacts captured by Gen. Sam Houston's victorious army at the Battle of San Jacinto for the flag but every effort has met with suspicion and disinterest by the Mexican government.