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Near Nordheim in DeWitt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sociedad Cementerio Union Mexicana Cemetery

 
 
Sociedad Cementerio Union Mexicana Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, May 31, 2021
1. Sociedad Cementerio Union Mexicana Cemetery Marker
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Situated along Cabeza Creek, the Sociedad Cementerio Union Mexicana Cemetery, also known as Saint Ann Cemetery, is the final resting place for the Mexican American population of Nordheim, this area was patented to Robert Galletty in 1841 and later sold to H. Runge & Co. and Vachel Weldon. In the late 1890s, German settlers bought property and began to farm the land. Many Hispanic sharecroppers began working for the farm and ranch owners and therefore, needed a cemetery for burials. Due to segregation, acreage was purchased in 1906 for the Mexican American and African American population. The transfer of ownership was witnessed by two founding members of the cemetery, F.A. Hernandez and Telesporo Garza. According to ledgers, the cemetery was established on February 13, 1907.

The cemetery contains more than 500 burials. The first burial is that of Rafael Hinojosa on July 2, 1907. Rafael is listed as one of the original thirty members of the cemetery society. A number of early burials are infants and children who died from flu epidemics and lack of medical attention. Numerous burials are attributed to an F-4 tornado that swept
The Sociedad Cementerio Union Mexicana Cemetery Marker is located to the left of the entrance image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, May 31, 2021
2. The Sociedad Cementerio Union Mexicana Cemetery Marker is located to the left of the entrance
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across this region of Texas on May 6, 1930. Eighteen of the twenty-seven people killed in the storm are buried here. In addition, veterans from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are buried here. No burial records exist for the African American Cemetery and only 17 gravestones are visible. Throughout the years, the community maintained the cemetery until 2003, when the Saint Ann Cemetery Association was established to care for this historic cemetery.
Historic Texas Cemetery 2004
Marker is Property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17526.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersHispanic Americans. A significant historical date for this entry is February 13, 1907.
 
Location. 28° 56.118′ N, 97° 37.755′ W. Marker is near Nordheim, Texas, in DeWitt County. Marker is at the intersection of Schuenemann Road (County Highway 379) and Cabeza Road (County Highway 324), on the left when traveling south on Schuenemann Road. The marker is located to the left of the main entrance to the Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nordheim TX 78141, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nordheim Shooting Club (approx. 0.9 miles away); Jubilee Park Pavilion
The view of the Sociedad Cementerio Union Mexicana Cemetery Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, May 31, 2021
3. The view of the Sociedad Cementerio Union Mexicana Cemetery Marker from the road
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Pilot Knob (approx. 1.8 miles away); Runge, Texas (approx. 6.2 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial (approx. 6.2 miles away); Runge Bandstand (approx. 6.2 miles away); 2nd. Lt. Adolph Strieber (approx. 7.6 miles away); C. Eckhardt & Sons Building (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nordheim.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 3, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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