About the CCCRP
The Conroe Community Cemetery Restoration Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, began as an idea in 2011 when Jon Edens was documenting graves in Oakwood Cemetery. While he was surveying the cemetery he noticed a collapsed grave site on the other side of the north fence. He climbed the fence and found the grave site for Dora Armstrong. After walking through the heavy brush he discovered other grave sites in the woods that were severely neglected. He began doing research and discovered a mention of the cemetery on the Montgomery County GenWeb site along with a survey of the cemetery by Oveta & Horace Wright in 1978. It was known as “Unknown Name Cemetery.”
With the information from the website he contacted Lewis & Son Mortuary and discovered that Clarence Lewis was the great grandson of the Buffalo Soldier who is buried in the cemetery. The family had expressed an interest in restoring the old cemetery, but it was difficult for them to do so.
It was decided at that point these people buried in this all but forgotten cemetery should be honored and the cemetery should be restored and preserved as an important part of Conroe’s history.
The Conroe Community Cemetery Restoration Project (CCCRP) was born.
The goals of the CCCRP, are:
- Clean the cemetery of trash, underbrush, and dangerous trees (dead)
- Place a fence around the cemetery
- Restore the headstones and grave sites as best as possible
- Locate and identify as many grave sites as possible – In progress
- Research the individuals buried in the cemetery – In progress
- Locate and contact the descendants of those buried there – In Progress
- Establish a nonprofit organization for the continued care of the cemetery – COMPLETED!
- Obtain Texas Historical Cemetery Designation for the cemetery
- Obtain a plaque or signage indicating the historic designation
- Educate the public about the history of Conroe through the lives of those buried there
Through the help of Larry Foerster of the Montgomery County Historical Commission and many wonderful volunteers, this project is slowly moving forward in completing these goals.
Your help, through volunteering, donating services, being a board member, or donating to the CCCRP is very appreciated. Contact us to let us know what you can do for this historic cemetery.