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Levelland in Hockley County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Hockley County Cemetery

Hockley County Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
1. Hockley County Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  The Texas Legislature created Hockley County in 1876 but the county did not formally organize until 1921; the small settlement of Hockley City (now Levelland) was named the county seat in that year. The arrival of the Santa Fe railroad in 1925 caused tremendous population growth in the county, from 137 in 1920 to 9,298 in 1930. The railroad also encouraged the expansion of agricultural activities in the county, which required additional laborers to work the land. The growing economy brought the migration of many people, including minorities, to the area in a time when segregation was widely practiced. Hockley County Commissioners Court set aside two acres of land in fall 1927 for the establishment of a segregated cemetery for the burial of indigent and minority residents; it was known as the Hockley County Cemetery or north side cemetery.

County death records indicate that the first burial at the site was that of Jerry McHenry, an African American who was interred in April 1930. In 1975, the burial of Nora Robertson was the last one recorded at the site. The cemetery contains fourteen marked graves and over 100 unmarked burials.
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Veterans of both World Wars are buried here.

Although the cemetery remains open for interment, it has seen little use since the 1960s, when the city of Levelland Cemetery was desegregated. Today, Hockley County Cemetery serves as a reminder of an important group of people who worked hard to build Hockley County.
Historic Texas Cemetery – 2007

Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16687.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1930.
Location. 33° 36.099′ N, 102° 25.533′ W. Marker is in Levelland, Texas, in Hockley County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 114 and West Ellis Street, on the left when traveling west on State Highway 114. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Levelland TX 79336, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); City of Levelland (approx. 3 miles away); Hockley County (approx. 5˝ miles away); City of Sundown Cemetery (approx. 10.4 miles away); Former Whiteface Motel (approx. 10.9 miles away).
Hockley County Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
2. Hockley County Cemetery Marker
Hockley County Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, February 27, 2021
3. Hockley County Cemetery
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 543 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 12, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3. submitted on February 28, 2021, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 29, 2023