“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Rosewood Cemetery

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Photographed By Jim Evans, October 11, 2020
1. Rosewood Cemetery Marker

Rosewood Cemetery on January 30, 1911, a group of African American Galvestonians formed the Rosewood Cemetery Association. The citizens purchased more than eight acres from the Joe Levy family near the beach, just west of the termination of Seawall Boulevard. Prior to the establishment of Rosewood Cemetery, African American citizens were prevented from interring their dead in most of the city's cemeteries.

Individuals, churches, and organizations, such as the Norris Wright Cuney Lodge No. 63 of the Colored Knights of Pythias, purchased shares in the association. Association minutes indicate that individual plots were sold for $10 each, with an additional $2 grave digging charge; plots for the burial of children cost $6.50. The first interment was that of Robert Bailey, an infant who died on February 1, 1912. The cemetery was utilized into the 1940s, although most of the identified burials date from 1914 and 1915. The last known burial occurred in June 1944, when Frank Boyer was interred.

In 1951, the city of Galveston began acquiring undeveloped portions of the cemetery for the extension of the seawall west of
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Photographed By Jim Evans, October 11, 2020
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61st Street. This construction blocked the natural outlet of Greens Bayou and created flooding in the cemetery and may have contributed to a reduction in its use. Beginning in the late 1950s, the land on which the cemetery sat was gradually sold to developers, and by the 1990s Rosewood had disappeared from many city maps. In 2006, just over one acre of the original cemetery property was donated to the Galveston Historical Foundation, in an effort to preserve what was left of this important site.
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Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16369.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 29° 16.051′ N, 94° 49.759′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on 63th Street, 0.2 miles north of Seawall Boulavord, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Rosewood Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); "Ducky's Beach" (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Italian Vault (approx. 0.4 miles away); Original Site of St. Mary's Orphan Asylum
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); Valentine T. Dalton (approx. 0.4 miles away); Greek Orthodox Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Tennant Austin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Burial Site of David G. Burnet (1788-1870) (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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