Adina Emilia De Zavala

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Granddaughter of Lorenzo de Zavala, the first Vice President of the Republic of Texas, Ms. Zavala taught school in Terrell from 1884 to 1886 and later in San Antonio. About 1889 she and other San Antonio women met to discuss Texas and its heroes; this group became one of the first societies composed of women organized for patriotic purposes in the state. In 1893 members of this society became affiliated with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. One of Adina de Zavala’s greatest contributions to Texas was the preservation of a portion of the old San Antonio de Valero Mission, better known as the Alamo, which her group prevented from being destroyed in the early twentieth century.