Report slams DRT over improper care for Alamo

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by Gary Cooper / KENS 5

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Posted on November 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- The Office of the Attorney General dealt another controversial blow to long-time caretakers of the Alamo, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

A 38-page report slams the DRT for lack of proper care of the shrine, carelessness with historical artifacts and misuse of state funds. The report was released late Tuesday evening on the OAG website.

After learning of the report from news outlets, DRT President General Karen Thompson released a statement that recanted the OAG's accusations.

"After two and a half years, the [OAG] has released a report regarding our organization,” Thompson said. "We are very disappointed that our organization did not receive the courtesy of a copy directly from Greg Abbott's office. Further, DRT is shocked at the outrageously inaccurate conclusions within the report. It is important to note that the OAG report contains no required changes for DRT to be compliant with state law.”

But a former member of the DRT, Sarah Reveley, who was permanently removed from the group, said the reports are dead on.

"We've called it: They have drunk the Kool-Aid. They seem to be more concerned with the organization itself and not with what they are supposed to be taking care of,” Reveley said. “... And this is all accurate, complete information. And if you want to come over to my house, I'll show you a whole lot of it."

Reveley is credited for first submitting the complaints to Gregg Abbott’s office years ago. She said she is pleased by the report but has started a petition to permanently remove the DRT from Alamo grounds.

The DRT is taking a management role into custodial day to day doings at the shrine. Their contract with the state is set to expire in 2013.

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