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

Union Cemetery

 
 
Union Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, February 26, 2022
1. Union Cemetery Marker
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A historically African American community developed near this site on what had been the Smith Plantation before the Civil War and emancipation. Families established Siloam Baptist Church in 1870 adjacent to already existing burials, according to oral tradition. The earliest dated gravestone is for Harriett Pool (1847-1881). The burial ground was first called Siloam Cemetery, changing its name when the church combined with Belfountain Baptist Church to form Union Baptist Church in 1954. The cemetery is a chronicle of area settlers, including generations of African Americans from slavery to emancipation to contributions in every aspect of society.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2017
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18932.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1847.
 
Location. 33° 43.027′ N, 96° 15.492′ W.
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Marker is in Ravenna, Texas, in Fannin County. Marker can be reached from County Highway 1100 east of County Highway 274, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ravenna TX 75476, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Smith Plantation (approx. one mile away); Mulberry Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Joseph Sowell (approx. 4.3 miles away); Ector Lodge No. 687, A. F. & A. M. (approx. 9.6 miles away); Little Jordan Cemetery (approx. 9.7 miles away); Bethlehem Baptist Church (approx. 10 miles away); Fort Warren (approx. 10 miles away); Dr. Tom Douglas Spies (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ravenna.
 
Union Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, February 26, 2022
2. Union Cemetery and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2022, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2022, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 15, 2024