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The history of Texas is full of characters: there are those who fought great battles, negotiated historic treaties, and wrote the laws that brought this great state into being. There are a host of writers, educators, astronaut, athletes, Texas Rangers, and elected officials. And many of these Texas greats lie at rest in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. Even some of the infamous rogues and scoundrels have a resting place on the grounds. Texas is the only state with a cemetery dedicated to its heroes and public officials, and all of the State Cemetery's honored dead helped make Texas what it is today. Texas State Cemetery (Book 16 in the Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series) tells the stories of many noteworthy Texans who are buried in this memorial ground's peaceful lawns and hillsides. Each chapter is introduced by a prominent person who may someday lie at rest in the Texas State Cemetery, with an epilogue by Governor Rick Perry. Beautiful color photographs by Laurence Parent and historical photos from Texas’ State Archives commission offer an evocative visual tour of the Texas State Cemetery and its monuments. Will Erwin is a historian at the Cemetery. His duties include taking photographs, producing promotional materials, maintaining the website and grounds, and curating the Cemetery’s historical records.
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