Our Houston Saints Cemetery Tour

Are there saints among us?

Just in time for All Souls Day, discover the answer in the upcoming tour of Houston’s historic cemeteries conducted by the Archaeological Institute of America-Houston Society and cosponsored by The Buffalo Soldiers Museum, The Heritage Society, and the Alexander Love Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Imagine how different our city would be without acts of both well-known and unsung heroes.  This event helps preserve their stories.

The tour departs by bus from The Heritage Society at 1100 Bagby at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, 2014 to visit three historic Houston cemeteries: Founders, College Memorial Park, and Forest Park Lawndale.

At the once-abandoned College Memorial Park Cemetery, students from Bethel Baptist Church in period dress will tell stories of those buried at the site, and Buffalo Soldier reenactors will tell tales from the frontier.  The Bethel students are volunteers at the cemetery and are not only bringing back the cemetery through restoration events and but are also reclaiming and preserving history and heritage. Through their study for their roles, the students are getting a chance to envision what members of the African-American community accomplished.  For example, while a teacher’s impact in the Houston community is important, within the African-American community following years of slavery, a teacher held the keys to building a more successful life in a post-Civil War world.

Here’s a very touching story (one of many) that can be viewed below about College Memorial Park.

Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 19th-century pioneer attire will provide information about notable Houstonians buried at Founders Cemetery who had links to the Texas Revolution.  These individuals participated in the signing of the Declaration of Independence at Goliad, the Battle of Bexar, the Runaway Scrape, and the Battle of San Jacinto as well as the founding of the government of the new Republic of Texas and the founding of the city of Houston.

A docent-led tour of Forest Park Lawndale will tell about the lives of Houstonians such as the de Menils, and the founder of De Pelchin Orphanage as well as countless other unsung heroes.  Included in the tour will be a visit to The Abbey, a 1022 Gothic Revival mausoleum that contains two of Houston’s four Tiffany windows.

Following the tour of cemeteries, we’ll return to the Heritage Society for a reception.

Does Houston have saints?  Well, the answer has to be unequivocally, “yes!”

Tickets for the tour can be obtained by calling 713.364.6344 or emailing archaeologyhouston@gmail.com

The legacy of Houston’s historic cemeteries helps us understand our many and varied pasts.  Each person buried contributed to the rich fabric of Houston.  Only through preservation of these sites are we able to preserve Houston’s memories and stories.
Our heritage is our past
Our legacy is our future
 The present is our responsibility