Oct
1
2013

Helping Preserve History at Love Cemetery



Posted by Tiger Pride in Uncategorized

Photo courtesy of Marshall News Messenger

Photo courtesy of Marshall News Messenger

Located in eastern Harrison County near Scottsville is Love Cemetery.  For 40 years, access has been limited to this historic African-American cemetery because of the private property that surrounds Love Cemetery. Some of the graves date back to slavery.

One can imagine how large the growth of wisteria, grass and weeds is because no one has been able to do any grounds keeping.  Access to the cemetery has been granted to the Love Cemetery Burial Association and student volunteers from East Texas Baptist University have been helping on scheduled clean-up days.  

This past Saturday (9/28/13), ETBU Great Commission Director, Dr. Lisa Seeley, along with over 30 students helped again at the cemetery.

A press release from 2009 reports, “Love Cemetery has graves not only of prosperous black farmers, teachers, educators and former slaves, but Native Americans too. Family lore points to Caddo ancestry, Cherokee too. Though Caddo were the primary tribe in the area for over 1,000 years, Comanche, Creek, Osage, Lipon Apache, Kiowa and others, also lived in East Texas and may be buried there.”

 

To read the Marshall News Messenger story click here.

To watch CBS-19 TV story click here.