Lorenzo de Zavala and Susanna Wilkerson Dickinson

Portrait of Lorenzo de Zavala

Lorenzo de Zavala
After serving time in a Spanish prison for openly proclaiming democratic views and then subsequently holding a seat in the Spanish legislature and in Mexico’s senate, the signature of Lorenzo de Zavala stood in familiar company on the Texas Declaration of Independence. Fluent in multiple languages, known as a consummate diplomat, a prolific writer and observer, his rise to the vice presidency of the Republic of Texas struck Texans none-so-shockingly as his rapid descent into illness. On October 17th, 1836, only five months after the signing of the Treaty of Velasco, which ended the Texas Revolution, de Zavala resigned the vice-presidency. A month later he was buried in a family cemetery on Buffalo Bayou. 

Portrait of Susanna Wilkerson Dickinson

Susanna Wilkerson Dickinson
Tennessee native Susanna Dickinson gained fame as the “Messenger of the Alamo.” On May 24, 1829, at the age of fifteen, she married Almaron Dickinson. Two years later, the couple arrived in Mexican Texas. In 1836, Susanna and her infant daughter, Angelina, remained inside the Alamo fort during the 13-day siege and final assault—during which Almaron perished. Santa Anna insisted that the 22-year-old widow deliver a message to her fellow Texians: All who opposed him would share the fate of the Alamo garrison. She subsequently rode to Gonzales where she confirmed the fort’s fall to General Sam Houston.