Due to the COVID-19 virus and the Montgomery County Commissioner’s declaration of emergency, the cemetery cleanup for April 4th, 2020, has been cancelled.
We want to bring the people buried there back to their places in history and not add to their numbers. The cemetery has been in place since at least 1892 and will be there later for the cleanup to continue.
We want to thank all the volunteers to date for the wonderful help you have provided in cleaning the cemetery up. It looks vastly different than it did back in September 2019 when we first began the process.
We will see you on the other side of this plague, when we can gather together once again and continue to provide a voice for those buried in this historic cemetery.
The next cleanup day is April 4th, 2020, weather permitting. Keep checking our Facebook page to receive updates.
The cleanup will begin at 8:00 AM and we will work until about 4:00 PM. A light lunch and water will be provided to the participants. The cemetery is located on Tenth Street between the Oakwood Cemetery and the Conroe Normal College. You can GOOGLE MAP IT HERE.
Parking will be at the nearby Flournoy Park or in the driveway of the Conroe Normal College. Please do not park in the Oakwood Cemetery.
DUE TO THE POOR CONDITIONS OF THE CEMETERY NOBODY UNDER THE AGE OF 13 WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE PROPERTY!!! Age 13 to 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can sign their waiver and supervise them.
THINGS TO WEAR, BRING, AND RULES
- Wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves, sturdy shoes and a hat.
- You will receive a brief training session before you begin and sign a waiver.
- Because of the unique nature of the cemetery and the safety of our volunteers we will only use hand tools such as loppers, hand pruners and small tree saws. !! NO POWER TOOLS!! Please bring any hand tools if you have them as every bit will help.
- Teams of 3 will be cutting and moving brush to an area to dry. Take brush off at ground level and don’t cut any plants marked with orange ribbon.
- Black cemeteries have typically used plants, objects & offerings to mark graves. This may be our only evidence of a grave. If it’s disturbed, it is lost forever.
- DON’T MOVE ANY OBJECTS AT THIS TIME BECAUSE THEY MAY MARK A GRAVE. IF YOU DO YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE!
The Facebook event page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/475350306485638/
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