Archive for September, 2014
Resided in Houston 7 years
Occupation: Laborer, Hughes Tool Co.
Address: 712 Shepherd Street
Cause of Death: Natural
Undertaker: Fairchild Undertaking Co
Place of Burial: Evergeen Negro Cemetery, Market Street between Calles Street, Lockwood Drive & Sakowitz Street
The cemetery, divided by Lockwood Drive into two sections, contains approximately 5.58 acres out of Lot 7, Middle Tier of the Harris & Wilson Survey, A-32, Harris County, Texas.
Bernice Fort b. 1908
Carrie Fort b. 1907
Grace Fort b. 1906
Percy Fort b. 1905
Original data:Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas Death Certificates, 1903–1982. iArchives, Orem, Utah.
(Deette Dupree Nesbitt’s efforts to restore and save one of Houston’s oldest and most historic cemeteries, Evergreen which is located a few minutes away from downtown Houston, TX.)
Evergeen Negro Cemetery: Find A Grave
The Evergreen Negro Cemetery is the third oldest African-American Cemetery in Houston. There are former slaves and World War I veterans buried in this cemetery.
Every gravemarker in the cemetery has been photographed and placed on Find-a-Grave.
Requests for photos of gravemarkers will be impossible to fulfilled as more than 95% of the graves do not have gravemarkers.
If your family member is listed here and does not have a gravemarker photograph, please check at Ancestry.com or at FamilySearch.org for a Texas Death Certificate. Regretfully, that will be the only source of proof for the individual’s burial.
In 1960, 490 individuals, more or less, were removed by the City of Houston to expand Lockwood Drive from Sonora to Library Road. Re-interments were in other sections of the cemetery as well as at Eternity Park Cemetery, Oak Park Cemetery and Paradise Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home, located in Houston, Texas, was awarded the contract for the removal and re-burial of the bodies. There are no records existing regarding the remains and relocation as there were no cemetery lot/plot records and many of the graves were unmarked and/or unknown individuals. At the time of the removal, very few family members were located who could connect names with burial location.
Research has located approx. 4.500+ individuals buried in the cemetery, many of which, are in unmarked graves.
These burials were located through a search of Harris County Death Certificates.
However, it will be an impossible task to determine if an individual is actually buried in the cemetery or if they were relocated as many of the removed during the road expansion project were from unmarked / unknown graves and only a few hundred gravemarkers were placed in the cemetery.
Elliot Fort on Find A Grave: http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=fort&GSiman=1&GScid=2299628&GRid=90898850&
This makes me want to cry! Where is the respect for our deceased loved ones, and their families? You will be remembered and held up in prayer.