Star of the Republic Museum

"Witness This!" Curriculum Guide

On the night of September 7, 1840, James P. Swindal shot and killed James Hensley in San Felipe de Austin. Find out what happened that night and learn more about the legal system of the Republic of Texas with these fascinating and unique resource materials for teachers.


"Witness This!" is a collaborative project produced by the Star of the Republic Museum and the State Bar of Texas for teachers of social studies, history, or government. Based upon the actual Grand Jury testimony about the murder, these materials provide information on the Grand Jury system in Texas, and include a script for a mock trial and enrichment activities for the classroom.


Click here to download “Witness This!” It’s guaranteed to make your students “hooked on history!”