February 19: Today in Texas History #txhx

1818 – Joanna Troutman was born. She was the designer of an early Texas Lone Star flag made of white silk with a blue star and the words “Texas and Liberty.”

1838 – Indian captive Rachel Plummer was reunited with her husband after being taken captive by Comanche Indians in May 1936. She became a slave to the Comanches and traveled thousands of miles with the band. In 1838 she published an account of her captivity entitled Rachel Plummer’s Narrative of Twenty One Months Servitude as a Prisoner Among the Comanche Indians. This was the first narrative about a captive of Texas Indians published in Texas.

1846 – The formal transfer of government between Texas and the United States took place and the First Legislature of the state of Texas convened in Austin. Texas had officially become a state on December 29, 1845.

1988 – Curtis Guillory, the first black Catholic bishop in Texas, was installed as auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston. After his service as auxiliary of Galveston-Houston, Bishop Guillory became ordinary of the diocese of Beaumont.

“I love Texas because Texas is future-oriented, because Texans think anything is possible. Texans think big.” Phil Gramm

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