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Round Rock in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Slave Burial Ground in Old Round Rock Cemetery

 
 
Slave Burial Ground in Old Round Rock Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson
1. Slave Burial Ground in Old Round Rock Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

Near the gravesite of outlaw Sam Bass, one-half acre of Old Round Rock Cemetery was set aside for slave burials. Enclosed by cedar posts and barbed wire, sites are marked head and foot with large limestone rocks. Some rocks are hand-grooved with names and dates. White graves here are dated as early as 1851. The first marked grave of a freed slave is dated 1880. Although there are 40 to 50 known burial sites of freedmen and the burial ground is still in use, no interments of former slaves occurred after the turn of the century.
 
Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9339.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
 
Location. 30° 31.012′ N, 97° 41.797′ W. Marker is in Round Rock, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker can be reached from CR175 (Sam Bass Rd). NW corner of Round Rock Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Round Rock TX 78664, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
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flies. Round Rock Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Barker House (approx. ¼ mile away); Education in Round Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away); William M. Owen House Complex (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Round Rock (approx. half a mile away); Harrell Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile away); The Pioneer Builders (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sam Bass' Death Site (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Round Rock.
 
Slave Burial Ground in Old Round Rock Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, October 6, 2013
2. Slave Burial Ground in Old Round Rock Cemetery Marker
Slave Burial Ground in Old Round Rock Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sharon N. Goodman, April 6, 2013
3. Slave Burial Ground in Old Round Rock Cemetery Marker
This sign is just next to the marker explaining about the Slave Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,886 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 6, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   3. submitted on April 13, 2013, by Sharon N. Goodman of Round Rock, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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