Who knew it would take a British musician to bring home artifacts back to the US? That is exactly what is happening in Texas with former Genesis lead singer Phil Collins.
The “Sussudio” singer is handing over his collection of artifacts from the Texas Revolution and the 1836 Battle of the Alamo back to the state of Texas. The handoff happened in a ceremony at the Alamo Plaza on Tuesday.
He told the Texas Tribune, “This is exactly where it should go. This is the stuff going home.”
The haul is so valuable that Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is trying to get a permanent home for it. Collins had the artifacts stored in boxes in his basement in Switzerland, which included Sam Houston’s snuffbox, Davy Crockett’s bullet pouch and Jim Bowie’s sword.
He started the collection two decades ago after receiving John W. Smith’s saddle as a gift. It is believed to be the world’s largest private collection of Alamo history. He documented it in his book, The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey in 2012.
The Grammy winner didn’t hand over 100 percent of the items, though. He admitted to the periodical that he is saving a few things for his kids who are also history buffs. He shared, “Just some odd trinkets. Nothing the Alamo will miss.”
It is a bit strange that a Brit would be so fascinated by American history, but his enthusiasm is tangible.
He explained, “Suddenly, I’m in business with the Alamo. That is kind of an amazing thing for me.”
After the handoff on Tuesday, San Antonio is throwing a black tie gala on Thursday. Texans love their state history even if it comes from a Brit.