Houston’s First Black Cemetery Was Neglected For Decades. One Group Is Leading Its Rejuvenation.

Houston’s First Black Cemetery Was Neglected For Decades. One Group Is Leading Its Rejuvenation.

Olivewood Cemetery Restoration Efforts HoustonWhen Charles Cook first visited Olivewood Cemetery in 1993, he needed a machete to cut through overgrown brush that had sprouted there. No fence surrounded the property, and Cook recalls pushing through a junglelike maze to admire the statue of an angel that sits at the site’s center. The cemetery, where one of the former Boy Scout’s great-grandmothers is buried (and another might be, though he can’t find the plot) was incorporated in 1875 and is the oldest Black burial ground in Houston. For more than two decades, property near Houston’s Heights neighborhood had been neglected. When Margott Williams went to the cemetery in 1999 after her grandmother died, she also found the burial site in disarray. She expected a cemetery located in a major…View Original Post

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