|3900 NE 50th Street|
Postal Code: 73121
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Linger awhile and walk with me into the shadowy mist that was yesterday. Stroll across the faded pages of history and from our hardships learn the ways of a better life. Pass me not for I am the spirit of your ancestors. In your veins flow my blood and the blood of my fathers. Linger awhile, if only for a moment and through your thoughts I will know I am remembered.
Trice Hill is one of the oldest African-American cemetery in Oklahoma City extending over 30 acres on NE 50th just before NE 50th and Coltrane Road. There are four entrance gates to the cemetery located on NE 50th. The cemetery gates are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:40 p.m. daily in summer. Winter hours are 8:00 a.m. to dusk. There is a small office location in the cemetery; however, the staff member is not always there during the day. The four entrance gates are made of rock but the cemetery has an old wire fence around it and in some places of the cemetery the wire fence is falling down.
The land was given to the homesteaders in 1893 to bury their love ones by Hudson Trice. A.H. Fuhr donated a monument in memory of Hudson Trice. Hudson Trice, his family and the Fuhr family are buried at the cemetery.
The cemetery is an active cemetery with over 19,000 interments. When the board ran out of money around 2000 the upkeep of the cemetery stopped. The cemetery has been neglected for many years making it look disrespectful. As of 2013 a new burial association has assume the responsibilities of Trice Hill Cemetery and are making plans to improve the cemetery grounds.
The Trice Hill burial association maintains the grounds by mowing and weed eating around the graves. It appears the families primarily assume responsibility for the upkeep for their loved ones' cemetery plots. However, over time, as the family line dies off or move away; the cemetery plots begin to look overgrown, poorly maintained and forgotten. Many of the old headstones in the cemetery are broken, sunken in the ground, darkened with age and unreadable. There are some unmarked graves with only a bouquet of flowers, wooden crosses and temporary funeral home markers throughout the cemetery. In spite of some old unkempt graves; there is a lot of history of the past in the cemetery.
Trice Hill Cemetery is an important link to past, an everlasting reminder of the contributions and sacrifices made by the souls interred at the cemetery. It is a memorial to those who have gone before us; former slaves, pastors, community leaders, neighbors, business owners, to those who served our Country that shaped towns, cities, and made them into the place where they lived.
One grave that we were excited to find was that of Private John C. Winfield. He was a Volunteer Infantry Spanish American War Veteran that served in Company D 23rd Kansas. Company D was an African American regiment that served in Cuba from August, 1898 to March, 1899.
Note: In order to keep an accurate record of the interments at Trice Hill Cemetery please do not duplicate any burials. Before adding a memorial, you should search the cemetery to see if a record with that name has already been added. All duplicated interments will be deleted.
Also, please do not put a hyphen (-) between the maiden and married name. It will cause the name to appear out of order on the Grave Search Results on this website which can cause duplicates.
The pictures and the headstone photos have been scaled down on each memorial; click on the photos to view an enlargement of the photos.
Updated June 16, 2013