AUSTIN – Pop star Phil Collins, who has donated a private collection of artifacts to the caretakers of the Alamo, became an honorary Texan at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Collins received the honor as he appeared at the Texas House and Senate, where he delivered another gift to Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso.
“Phil Collins gave me his sticks,” Pickett beamed as he toyed with drumsticks from the solo artist and former member of the rock band Genesis.
Collins became an honorary Texan because of his contributions to the Alamo that were appreciated by lawmakers, regardless of party affiliation.
The House and Senate passed resolutions that honored his donation to the historic mission. According to the resolution, Collins had accumulated the largest known private collection of Alamo and Texas Revolution artifacts.
Collins announced that he would turn over his artifacts to the Alamo in June. Those artifacts include a rifle and leather pouch owned by Davy Crocket, and an original Jim Bowie knife.
Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, talked to the British musician for thirty minutes before he was recognized in the House.
Larson said Collins told him that his love for the Alamo began as a child watching the Walt Disney television show, “Davy Crockett.” He began collecting artifacts when he was pursuing his musical career in the ’90s.
“He told me about all the strange circumstances that people would present him the opportunity to acquire some of the remnants,” Larson said. “He said it’s been an interesting two decades for him to go out and see how much he can accumulate.”
Larson said Collins’ donation was important to the city of San Antonio and to the history of the site.
“I think no one could ever imagine that someone from England could do this, much less from Texas,” Larson said. “The generosity that he’s demonstrated will have a profound impact on telling the story.”
Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, presented the resolution in the Senate, and told Collins that his collection would give Texans a greater insight to the historic battle.
“You’ve given the people of Texas a piece of their heritage back,” Menéndez said.