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Olivewood Cemetery

 
 
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By James Hulse, September 12, 2020
1. Olivewood Cemetery Marker
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This cemetery served the early African-American community in Houston for approximately 100 years. The Olivewood Cemetery Association incorporated in 1875 and purchased 5.5 acres of this property that same year from Elizabeth Morin Slocomb. The organization bought two adjacent acres in 1917. Also known in its early years as olive wood, hollow wood and hollywood, it is one of the oldest known platted cemeteries in the city. The original 444 family plots comprising over 5,000 burial spaces were laid out along an elliptical drive. The burial ground contains several hundred marked graves, in addition to an unknown number of unmarked graves.

Interred here are pivotal leaders of Houston's post emancipation African-American community, including the pastor of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, the Rev. Elias Dibble; Businessman James B. Bell; Alderman and Landowner Richard Brock; Attorney J. Vance Lewis; Educator James D. Ryan; Physician Russell F. Ferrill; and Dentist Milton A. Baker. Also buried here are ex-slaves, laborers, sororal and fraternal organization members, and military veterans.

This cemetery features obelisks,
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By James Hulse, September 12, 2020
2. Olivewood Cemetery and Marker
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statuary, curbing and interior fencing. The burial ground also includes examples of preemancipation burial practices, including upright pipes (symbolizing the path between the worlds of the living and the dead), ocean shells as grave ornaments and text containing upside down or backwards letters (as used in some West African cultures to signify death). Today, Olivewood Cemetery remains as a key historical site in Houston, serving as a testament to the foresight and perseverance of the cemetery founders.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2006
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historic Commission. (Marker Number 14239.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 29° 46.417′ N, 95° 23.558′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Summer Street 0.1 miles west of Studemont Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Damascus Missionary Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Houston Heights (approx. 0.4 miles away); Houston Cemetery Company (approx. half a mile away); William Gammell (approx.
Entrance to Olivewood Cemetery with Marker. image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 12, 2020
3. Entrance to Olivewood Cemetery with Marker.
0.6 miles away); Eugene Thomas Heiner (approx. 0.6 miles away); James Robert Cade (approx. 0.6 miles away); Caspar Braun (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ellis Benson (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Olivewood Cemetery sign image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 12, 2020
4. Olivewood Cemetery sign
(Established 1870's)
View of the Olivewood Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 12, 2020
5. View of the Olivewood Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 13, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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