Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 11, 2013

Slave grave site sees progress

Fundraiser scheduled to add walkway

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — A marker for the Montgomery Hill graves relocated to Woodland Cemetery has been put in place, and now only awaits a Texas Historical marker.

A year ago, the graves of 25 people who are believed to have been former slaves or their descendants, were moved from the shores of Richland Chambers Reservoir, and after a temporary stay in the police evidence room, were reburied at Woodland Cemetery in May 2012.

The small cemetery of mostly children and babies had been revealed by a drought in 2009 that caused the lake’s shore to recede. But as rains returned, the waterline threatened to reclaim the site, and state archeologists rushed to remove the bones.

Now, local residents have decided to add a concrete walkway around the plots and the markers. The obstacle is the estimated $2,500 to $3,000 cost.

“We’re going to do a fundraiser to pay for the walkway,” explained Ruby Williams, councilwoman for Precinct 2.

The fundraiser will be a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at the city’s annex building.

The cost will be $8 for a dinner of either ham or baked chicken, along with pinto beans, cabbage, green beans, salad, desert, and tea.

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