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African American Cemeteries

Current cemetery index:
The cemeteries below are located in Northeast Louisiana, Northwest Louisiana, Northeast Texas and the Houston, Texas area.. They are on our radar for documentation and preservation.

    Why are they important?

    African-American cemeteries are a resource absolutely essential to understanding African-American ancestry. These fragile, sacred burial grounds are among the most valuable of archaeological and historic riches and oftentimes present the only evidence that our ancestors were a part of the fabric that contributed to the African American culture in Northwestern Louisiana.  They show evidence of various settlement patterns, burial practices, cultural and religious influences, economic development, social relationships, and of course genealogy. 

    "Show me the resting places of your ancestors and I will show you the character of a man"-author unknown

    Historical African American cemeteries however are threatened by several sources that we must be aware of such as natural erosion, unkept vegetation, forgetting they exist, vandalism and protection from individuals who are interested in excavating or building on top of these cemeteries for commercial profit with no regards for preservation. Rural African American cemeteries, in particular, face an even bigger threat by local, state and national governmental agencies that should be acting in cooperation assist with preservation yet utilized designated, preservation funding dollars to promote their own agendas.


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