TEXAS CITY — Now that the city’s museum is home to a 10,000-pound piece of Civil War history, a city commissioner wants to make it the main attraction in a celebration of Juneteenth.

Last month, a restored 12-foot-long long cannon that was pulled from the depths of the Texas City Ship Channel in 2009 was put on display at the Texas City Museum.

The Dahlgren gun is from the 1863 sinking of the USS Westfield that went down during the Battle of Galveston. The cannon is the first piece for the museum’s expanding Civil War display.

Joining the Dahlgrun gun will be a reconstruction of the Westfield’s engine cylinder and the boiler, as well as personal effects found during the excavation of the ship channel.

City Commissioner Thelma Bowie would like to see the cannon become the centerpiece to mark the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth next year. She said she envisions bringing in Civil War re-enactors and historians as part of what could be an annual part of the city’s Juneteenth commemoration.

Bowie hadn’t worked on any details, but got verbal support from Mayor Matt Doyle and other city commissioners when she floated the idea during last week’s city commission meeting.


At a glance

WHAT: USS Westfield Civil War Dahlgren gun display

WHEN: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

WHERE: Texas City Museum, 409 Sixth Street N.

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