“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Livingston in Polk County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Greenfield Cemetery

Greenfield Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 23, 2010
1. Greenfield Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  In 1846, local officials designated a block in the central part of Livingston for use as a cemetery for local African Americans. Originally called Livingston Colored Cemetery, the burial ground was bounded by Feagin, Tyler, Sherman and Houston streets. As the railroad brought new residents to the city in the 1880s, cemetery space became limited.

In the 1890s, leaders from the black community sought the advice of County Judge Arthur B. Green, and he offered to give the citizens three acres of land for a new cemetery. Trustees of the cemetery accepted the gift on October 24, 1896. They moved the graves from the original location to the new site and changed the cemetery name to Greenfield to reflect the judge's generosity. In 1910, cemetery trustees bought additional land from Green's widow and children.

The cemetery's earliest marked grave dates to 1906, but dozens of earlier graves exist. The military service and fraternal organization markers found throughout the burial ground reflect the contributions, efforts and work of generations of the area's African American residents.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2003

Smaller additional marker
This marker given by Judge Ruth Pritchard in memory of her many friends who are buried in Greenfield Cemetery.
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical

Greenfield Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
2. Greenfield Cemetery Marker
Commission. (Marker Number 13280.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 30° 43.618′ N, 94° 56.612′ W. Marker is in Livingston, Texas, in Polk County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 59 Bypass. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Livingston TX 77351, 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 flies. Early Indian Trails (approx. 1.2 miles away); Locomotive No. 5 (approx. 1.2 miles away); "Polk County Enterprise" (approx. 1.2 miles away); Polk County, C.S.A. (approx. 1.3 miles away); 1905 Courthouse Annex (approx. 1.3 miles away); Polk County Courthouse (approx. 1.3 miles away); Old City Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Polk County (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Livingston.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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