|5101 N. Coltrane Road|
Postal Code: 73121
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
"The first generation knows; the second generation remembers; and the third generation has forgotten." Our heritage is our pass, our legacy is our future and the present is our responsibility. Don't be the generation to forget.
Trice Hill is one of the oldest African-American cemetery in Oklahoma City extending over several acres on NE 50th just before North Coltrane Road. There are three 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 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; however, the family members primarily assume the responsibility for the preservation of their loved ones' cemetery plots. 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.
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