College Memorial Park Cemetery

June 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The College Memorial Park Cemetery, located in historic fourth ward was founded in 1896 and is one of Houston's oldest African-American cemeteries.  The remains of many religious, civic, education, and business leaders of the community including John Henry (Jack) Yates, a vital community leader, first pastor of Antioch Baptist Church and founder of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, who encouraged property ownership among black Houstonians; Fort Worth and Houston educator J. M. Terrell, who became principal of Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College, president of Houston College and administrator of the Houston Negro Hospital; veterans of World War I and World War II; and participants in the racial conflict the Houston riot of 1917 are buried at this site.

 

 


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