It had been too long since I’d stopped by one of Houston’s most important historical sites. Chartered in 1875, Olivewood Cemetery is one of Houston’s oldest and the first for Houston’s freedmen after the Civil War.
Since I was last there, in 2010, there is good news. Kroger and the City of Houston have provided a fence, and volunteers have made progress in the daunting task of clearing the vegetation that still covers so much of the cemetery.
The bad news is very bad.
Erosion had clearly been a problem when I was there in 2010, had claimed an unknown number of graves. Most of the runoff comes from the huge paved area belonging to Grocers Supply, on the east side of Olivewood.
More graves have fallen victim to erosion, despite the efforts that are being made to prevent it.
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