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Cemetery Location: 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.
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.
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 as of 06/2009, has located approx. 2,000 individuals buried in the cemetery, many of which, are in unmarked graves and 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.