Harrisburg Cemetery Houston, Texas

June 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Harrisburg Cemetery is the oldest African American cemetery in Houston.   Some estimate that its origin began in the 1830s; however, there is no documentation to establish the date of its original origins; however, in 1878, the Mutual Benevolent Association was chartered as a service to its members to arrange and sometimes finance burial services on this site.  
 
The cemetery contains the remains of former slaves, veterans of the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and many others including Tom Blue, once a body servant of Sam Houston; Steve Ray, a rodeo rider and cowboy on the Samuel Allen Ranch in Pasadena; black civic leader George W. Sanders; Wilson Burley, who fought in the Civil War in the 84th U.S. Colored Infantry; Austin C. Winfree, a buffalo soldier who served in Cuba during the Spanish American War.

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