January 19th state holiday

I really enjoy reading The Texas Tribune and not only because they have reporters who used to work in Laredo.

I especially like that “the Trib is pleased to present this live stream of today’s proceedings on the floor of the Texas Senate” on their front page.

Despite all the fab information they provide on public policy plus, they are a non-profit. They ask that we read the Texas Tribune in ADDITION to your local newspapers (they forgot to say “and your local blogs, too”), but they do take donations. Anyway, today’s Q&A caught my eye.

Hey Texplainer: Why are Texas state agencies operating with a skeleton crew today? Did I miss the announcement?

Well, it’s a venerated Texas holiday, of course: Confederate Heroes’ Day. What are you doing to celebrate?

The Texas Legislature first made Jan. 19 a holiday in 1931 to celebrate the birthday of Robert E. Lee, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission . In 1973, the Legislature voted to do away with the individual birthday commemorations for Lee and for Jefferson Davis on June 3rd and instead recognize one holiday to celebrate both. Voila: Confederate Heroes’ Day! In honor of the holiday, state agencies are working with a “skeleton crew,” according to the state holiday schedule maintained by the State Auditor’s Office. So, if you’re wondering why it’s taking a little longer to get a call back from a state agency, blame (or praise) the Confederates. And fair warning, here are the other “skeleton crew” state holidays: March 2, Texas Independence Day and April 21, San Jacinto Day.

No wonder the Villa San Agustin de Laredo Genealogical recently focused on local Confederate Colonel Santos Benavides as brought up by Bordertown Blues and La Sanbe. Ok, maybe it was a coincidence but the timing was good for Confederate Heroes’ Day.

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