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Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Abilene Municipal Cemetery

 
 
Abilene Municipal Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 21, 2014
1. Abilene Municipal Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Abilene Municipal Cemetery is composed of five different burial grounds. The oldest documented grave is that of Florence Phillips, who was buried in the Masonic section in 1881 shortly before the establishment of the local Masonic Lodge in 1882. Among the notables buried here are Mary Houston Morrow, Abilene postmistress and daughter of General Sam Houston, and C.W. Merchant, who gave the land for the burial ground and helped establish Abilene.
     The oldest recorded burial in the city cemetery, that of Oliver Bailey, occurred in 1882. Another grave of interest is that of Dr. W.H. Butler, an African American physician.
     The first deed verifying the establishment of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) cemetery was dated August 1906. Several early Abilene businessmen including James Radford and H.O. Wooten are interred here, as is Mrs. Jewel Scarborough, a prominent citizen and active woman suffragist.
     The city of Abilene purchased the 20-acre Cedar Hill Cemetery in 1920. The Cedar Hil Cemetery Association bought it from the city in 1923. The city took over care of the Masonic and IOOF cemeteries in 1928 and the Cedar Hill Cemetery in 1934. Abilene founder K.K. Legett and railroad legend Morgan Jones, as well as veterans of major American and international wars and conflicts, are interred here. In 1945
Abilene Municipal Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 21, 2014
2. Abilene Municipal Cemetery Marker
View to east of Cedar Hill section
the city bought an additional tract of land; the first burial in Cedar Hill Flats was in 1969.
     More than 26,000 people are believed to be buried in the graveyard. A chronicle of the city’s past, Abilene Municipal Cemetery continues to serve the area.
 
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12215.)
 
Location. 32° 27.615′ N, 99° 43.463′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker can be reached from Cottonwood Street 0.1 miles north of N. 10th Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in the southwest corner of the Cedar Hill section of the Abilene Municipal Cemetery; the above directions are to the main entrance to the Cedar Hill section of the cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene TX 79601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Morgan Jones (within shouting distance of this marker); James Winford Hunt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abilene Negro High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Zion Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Claiborne Walker Merchant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Middlebrook Willis
Abilene Municipal Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 21, 2014
3. Abilene Municipal Cemetery Marker
View to southeast from grave site and marker of Morgan Jones
(approx. ¼ mile away); "Double V" Memorial Flagpole (approx. ¼ mile away); Abilene African-American Schools (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Cedar Hill Section of Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 21, 2014
4. Cedar Hill Section of Cemetery
View to northeast
City Section of Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 21, 2014
5. City Section of Cemetery
View to north
Masonic Section of Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 21, 2014
6. Masonic Section of Cemetery
View to east
IOOF Section of Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 21, 2014
7. IOOF Section of Cemetery
View to southeast from northwest corner of section
IOOF and Cedar Hill Sections of Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 21, 2014
8. IOOF and Cedar Hill Sections of Cemetery
View to north from IOOF Section across N. 10th Street
with Cedar Hill Section on north side of street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 28, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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