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The Webb County Heritage Foundation and the Villa San Agustín de Laredo Genealogical Society will present a book-signing and reception with Mr. José Antonio Lopez, author of The First Texas Independence, 1813 – A brief biography on Don Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara Uribe, the First President of Texas, on Thursday, February 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum, 810 Zaragoza St. The public is invited to hear a presentation by the author that evening.

Before Sam Houston, Jim Bowie, and William Travis, there was Lt. Colonel Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara, the first champion of Texas liberty. By answering Father Miguel Hidalgo’s “Grito” on September 16, 1810, Gutierrez de Lara lit the spark that led to Texas Independence in 1813. He was the first President of Texas. Read about this genuine Texas hero, born on the banks of the Lower Rio Grande in South Texas, whose fascinating story is missing from mainstream Texas history books.

Books will be available for sale that evening.