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Lubbock in Lubbock County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

City of Lubbock Cemetery

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
1. City of Lubbock Cemetery Marker
Inscription. In March 1892, a delegation of Lubbock residents requested five acres of pasture land from rancher H.M. Bandy for use as a cemetery. That same month, they held the first burial, that of a Cochran County cowboy, Henry Jenkins, who died of pneumonia while staying at a local hotel. The first Lubbock resident buried at the city cemetery was Joseph R. Coleman, who died in June 1892. His small cross-shaped headstone, no longer in existence, was the first erected in the cemetery.

The cemetery has held as many as four separate burial grounds, segregated by race, faith and economic level. Records indicate various and distinct cemetery associations maintained these burial grounds throughout the 20th century. One such group, Los Socios del Sementerio, or associates of the cemetery, provided for the burial of area migrant workers. The cemetery was integrated in the late 1960s.

With more than 60,000 graves, the City of Lubbock Cemetery is one of the largest in Texas. Burials here represent a broad cross-section of the city's history. Among those interred here is the noted rock and roll musician and songwriter Charles Hardin Holley (Buddy Holly).
Historic Texas Cemetery – 2002

 
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12968.)
City of Lubbock Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
2. City of Lubbock Cemetery Marker

 
Location. 33° 33.982′ N, 101° 48.903′ W. Marker is in Lubbock, Texas, in Lubbock County. Marker is on East 31st Street 0.1 miles east of Teak Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2311 East 31st Street, Lubbock TX 79404, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buddy Holly Historical Marker (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Gilead Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Breedlove Airport (approx. 1.2 miles away); J.I. Allison House circa 1950s (approx. 1.8 miles away); F W & D South Plains Railway Depot (approx. 1.8 miles away); Buddy Holly (approx. 1.8 miles away); Colonel T. S. Lubbock / Texas in the Civil War (approx. 2.2 miles away); A Tribute to Cotton (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lubbock.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
City of Lubbock Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
3. City of Lubbock Cemetery
Charles Hardin Holley (Buddy Holly) Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
4. Charles Hardin Holley (Buddy Holly) Gravesite
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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