The program will include a rendition of “Beeville is my Hometown” sung by St. Philip’s Episcopal School students; a history of the marker told by Bee County Historical Commission Chair Barbara Welder; an address by guest speaker Daniel Bee, descendant of the Bee family; a proclamation by Tom Ginter, city manager, making April 21 Barnard Bee Sr. Day; the singing of “Texas, Our Texas” by Dr. Gary Williams and Tucker Rackley, Pettus ISD superintendent; and, of course, the unveiling of the marker.
Bee County Historical Commission Chair Barbara Welder agreed that a marker commemorating Barnard Elliott Bee Sr. is a long time coming.
“He contributed to the Republic of Texas through diplomatic work and service,” Welder said.
Bee relocated to Texas in 1836, and was an instrumental part of the Texas Revolution and independent Republic of Texas, serving as secretary of war under President Sam Houston and secretary of state under President Mirabeau B. Lamar.
So why has it taken more than a century to erect a marker in his honor?
“A lot of people have been asking that,” said Welder. “And I don’t know why it hasn’t been done before. What provoked us was that there’s so little information about him.
“He was such a great man, people should know about him.”