Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

September 2, 2013

Cemetery location questioned

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The suspicion that the state home cemetery isn’t where it should be are probably right, according to local resident Charles Harrison, who recalls setting the cemetery marker.

“The cemetery was put in a pasture. They had animals and the cows got in there and tore the tombstones up,” Harrison recalled. “The superintendent took them up because they weren’t repairable. That’s why they got lost.”

The cemetery is now within a cyclone fence just south of the Corsicana Residential Treatment Center’s main gates. It’s visible from 45th Street.

Harrison said the original cemetery was not where the marker is now.

“I made the tombstone and set it out there in the late ‘50s or ‘60s,” Harrison said. “They moved it up by the road so people could see it.”

The marker states that it was placed in 1967 by the ex-students association.

There are two cemeteries on the state property, one historic cemetery called the Cunningham cemetery, which is west of the facility under the trees, and the one where the children were buried, which is believed to be just about 300 yards north of the marker. Most of the children buried there are believed to have succumbed to the influenza epidemic of 1918.

Harrison said the cemetery needs to be found if the state home ever changes hands or if they decide to build on that land.

There are 35 children’s names listed on the marker.

State regulators voted Friday to recommend closing the Corsicana State Home’s residential treatment center. The state’s Legislative Budget Board will now make a final decision on the facility’s fate.

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