Just northwest of downtown Houston, near a bend of the White Oak Bayou and in the shadow of the Katy Freeway, lays the city’s first incorporated African American burial ground—Olivewood Cemetery. Years of overgrowth have made the cemetery virtually unknown to many who drive past it every day, but guarded therein are the remains of former slaves, veterans of the armed services, and many of Houston’s prominent African American founders.
Join the Heritage Society Museum Gallery in exploring the founding, growth and future plans for the preservation of this lost gem of Houston’s past. This exhibition was developed in coordination with the Descendants of Olivewood, a 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to the restoration, preservation and maintenance of Olivewood Cemetery.
The Museum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.
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