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A Message from Olivewood’s President

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 in News

Today I would like to feature Rev. Christopher Colombus Minegan (1847- 1917). He was born in Ripley Ohio to William Minegan of Virginia, and Frances Minegan of Kentucky.  During the Civil War he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Cincinnati, Ohio at the young age of 17. After the war he joined the U.S. Army in 1867 at the age of 19. Rev. Minegan resided in Houston until his death at age 70. His service was an example to many, and we know about him thanks to the research shared with us by our many volunteers and descendants.

Thank you to all of the descendants, historians, and genealogists who are researching those who are interred in Olivewood Cemetery.  Because of you we are able to continue honoring the contributions they have made to early Houston, Texas, and their influence on the world. Please keep  doing the research and sending us the information. By so doing, we reach one, teach one. Please send the information to Ms. Jasmine Lee at

Kindest Regards,

Margott Williams

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Community Day 2019

Posted by on Nov 10, 2019 in Events, News

Community Day

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Margott Williams and Charles Cook Receive Preservation Award

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in News

The Texas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution have awarded Margott Williams and Charles Cook with the TXDAR Historic Preservation Medal. You can read about this award on their website:

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Olivewood a Recognized UNESCO Site

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Events, News

Olivewood Cemetery, along with six other Houston area sites, have now been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization as historic sites that are part of their Slave Route Project, which is an international registry of locations that were involved with the transatlantic slave trade.

The celebration in honor of this UNESCO recognition is scheduled for Tuesday, 21 May 2019. More information on this honor can be found here.

Updated May 17, 2019

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