On March 31, in celebration of Texas History Month, the Washington on the Brazos Historical Foundation will premiere “Independence! A Lone Star Rises,” a documentary film about the of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the creation of a nation at Washington on the Brazos 185 years ago.

A short trailer was released March 2 in honor of Texas Independence Day, the day the Texas Declaration of Independence was passed unanimously in Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos.

The movie is directed by Gary Foreman of Native Sun Productions and features original music by Grammy-nominated composer David Arkenstone. The film is free to view and will premiere Wednesday, March 31 starting at 10 a.m. CT, with encore presentations at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Foundation, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, and Texas Historical Commission Facebook pages as well as the Texas Historical Commission YouTube channel.  

Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, the annual Texas Independence Day Celebration in-person event has been canceled for 2021. Past Texas Independence Day Celebrations would welcome visitors to enjoy live music, reenactors, vendors and most importantly, history. Despite the challenges, they look forward to bringing to life the dramatic events that took place on the banks of the Brazos River in March 1836 through a virtual experience for viewers around the world to enjoy.

The Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site complex, which includes Barrington Plantation State Historic Site and the Star of the Republic Museum, remains open for visitors. Capacity is limited, and social distancing and face coverings are required when entering buildings.

For more information about the site, visit wheretexasbecametexas.org.

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