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Mar 1 @ 11:10 am
Ben Milam, Freedom Fighter

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Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

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Most Texans are familiar with the contributions by Davy Crocket, William Travis and Jim Bowie to the Texas independence movement, but Ben Milam’s role is less well known.  Join three collateral descendants of Ben Milam portray his life through music and drama at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at the Allen Public Library.    

 

A soldier and trader from Kentucky, Ben Milam was fluent in Spanish and helped the Mexican army in their efforts to secure freedom from Spain.  He served as a leader of the Texas independence movement during the 1830s. In December 1835, when some leaders of the rebellious Texas forces wanted to delay a planned attack on a Mexican army camped at San Antonio until after the winter, Milam vehemently disagreed. He urged other members of the Texas volunteers to instead join him in a surprise attack: “Who will go with old Ben Milam into San Antonio?” The attack succeeded, but Ben Milam was killed by a sniper’s bullet.

 

All three of the actors have Milam as their middle name—Elizabeth Milam Hodges, Brenda Milam Stone and Melva Milam Bush.  Their parents imbued them with the value of the Ben Milam legacy since early childhood.  Their grandparents declared, "You are a Milam; you can do anything."

 

Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the play is free.  The Allen Public Library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.