Blas Herrera, a Tejano scout who rode to San Antonio 175 years ago to warn of the Mexican Army's approach, will be honored today by legislators in Austin.
Dozens of descendants, many from Bexar County, are expected to attend today's “Blas Herrera Day” recognition by Rep. John V. Garza, R-San Antonio. Herrera played other important roles in history, but he is best known for alerting the Alamo command in mid-February 1836 that Mexican Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna and his army were marching toward San Antonio.
Rudi Rodriguez, a descendant by marriage and founder of the Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas, said Herrera is one of many Tejanos whose contributions to the Texas Revolution are finally being recognized. Some 400 Tejanos served in the Texian army, comprising about one-sixth of the force, with many providing crucial ground intelligence, Rodriguez said.
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