SAN ANTONIO — Artifacts collected by Phil Collins went on display Tuesday at the Alamo after the legendary musician donated the items to the state of Texas.
The “Phil Collins Collection Preview” includes a brass cannon used by the Mexican Army during the Battle of the Alamo and the original battle orders that called for the attack on the Alamo.
The temporary exhibit is on display through April 25. Collins donated his collection of more than 200 artifacts to the Texas General Land Office in 2014.
“We are beyond excited to finally share some of the amazing artifacts Mr. Collins so generously donated,” said Kristi Miller Nichols, the Alamo’s director of archaeology, collections, and historical research at the Alamo. “The public has been very interested in seeing the Collins Collection. It has been an honor to care for and preserve these artifacts over the years.”
During the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, nearly 200 defenders died following a 13-day battle with Mexican forces led by General Santa Anna.
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Last year Collins reunited with his Genesis bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford to bring fans one last go around for “The Last Domino?” tour, which was scheduled to take place late 2020.
“I think it’s a natural moment,” Rutherford told BBC Radio 2. “It’s happened very naturally. Phil’s been out on tour the last two-and-a-half years doing his stuff and it sort of seemed … the natural moment to have a conversation about it. We’re all good friends, we’re all above grass and here we are.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Genesis had to postpone their reunion tour to September 2021.
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff
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