The Texas Historical Commission (THC) announced last week that it has launched a trailer video for a 5-minute web movie about the tragic story of the Goliad Massacre. The trailer and upcoming full-length film will be shown using 360-degree video technology, giving fans of Texas history a new way to study and enjoy the historical content.
The main THC film will feature new information and video footage of artifacts, the role of Col. James W. Fannin, and ties to the Battle of Coleto Creek. For the first time, film footage of one of three massacre sites will be publicly available. 360 degree video filmed within and around the Presidio La Bahía and Fannin Battleground State Historic Site is intended to help viewers gain a deeper understanding of the tragic story that played an important role in the 1836 march toward Texas independence.
The trailer for the full-length video is now available at thc.texas.gov/trailer
900lbs of Creative of Dallas provided film production and creative and design services. Gravelle Branding/Marketing of Dallas provided overall direction and strategic services. Stephen L. Hardin, Ph.D. Of Tarleton State University served as historian.
At sunrise on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836, the Mexican army marched most of a captured Texian army in three groups from the Presidio La Bahía near Goliad. Within a short distance, the Mexicans opened fire on the weaponless soldiers and executed 342, of which 40 were too wounded to march. Twenty-eight men escaped, and an additional 30 with special skills were spared. Inside the walls of the Presidio, the wounded Texian commander, Col. James W. Fannin was executed at point blank range. The massacre occurred only three weeks after the Battle of the Alamo and roughly four weeks before the Battle of San Jacinto. The THC has been the state agency for historic preservation for more than 60 years. The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (THCfriends.org) develops private resources to assist the THC in its mission.