Preserving, Restoring, Operating and Maintaining Olivewood Cemetery
There’s a Rich History Behind the Headstones…
Olivewood was incorporated in 1875, a mere 10 years after emancipation arrived for Texas slaves when, on June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger debarked in Galveston and made the official announcement a couple of months after the actual end of the war. The cemetery, the people who incorporated it and the people now resting in it are part of a much larger history of Houston and its African American community. Visit the About Olivewood section of this website to learn more.
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