March to the Grave

On March 2nd, the people of Huntsville, TX celebrate two important events. The first is Texas Independence day and the other is the birthday of beloved Texas hero General Sam Houston. To honor these two events, Huntsville residents throw a number of celebrations and tributes. One of those tributes is a march to the grave of General Sam Houston who is buried in Oakwood cemetery. Starting in 1889, students, faculty, and others would march from Austin College building on the Sam Houston campus to Sam Houston’s grave.

Check out these pictures of people marching to the grave throughout the years.

1914 march to Sam Houston’s grave


(credit  University Archives)

Ceremony at Sam Houston’s grave in 1921

Alcalde 1921

(credit The Alcalde, University Archives)

March to the grave in 1942


(credit The Alcalde, University Archives)

Possible ROTC members taking part in the 1965 march

Alcalde 1965

(credit The Alcalde, University Archives)

Marches in the new millennium


The Bearkat March 2 Brigade steps lively on its way to the grave site

(credit Computer Services)


If you are interested in learning more, check out this podcast on the subject from Cheryl Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections.

If you want to participate in the march, be at Austin Hall at 10:15 where the march begins. The ceremony at the grave begins at 11:00 am March 2nd, 2013 with Dr. Howard Horton as the speaker.

The Walker County Historical Commission will be hosting a “Toast to Texas” at the Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center at 2:00pm on March 2nd as well.


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