Old African-American burial ground. Former slaves buried there with the last burial in 1939 and as many as 60 people had been interred there in pauper's graves. The land now known as the Newport Subdivision was originally owned by the Mercer McKinney family who were wealthy land owners, farmers and former slave owners. He owned 5 slaves. When slavery was abolished the McKinney family gave a portion of their land to their former slaves. An entire black community was built on this section of the land with schools, churches, a cemetery, until a fire demolished it. Eventually the land was sold to the developers, Purcell Corporation, who began the development of the Newport subdivision, which included the Black Hope Cemetery. The first homeowners in the neighborhood were Ben and Jean Williams.
Sat. July 4, 1967 Paris Newspaper Houston, Texas. House Built Over Graveyard::::A jury awarded $142,000.00 to a couple whose house was built over a graveyard but decided that a real estate developer did not intend to mislead the homebuyers. The jury award includes $115,000.00 for mental anguish. The Haneys say they have suffered since discovering two bodies in their backyard in 1893 during a swiming pool instalation. My heart tells me that finally people will know that Black Hope cemetery existed. These are people that were born slaves and were lost for a long time. I think that is really sad said Mrs.Hanney.
GPS Coordinates: 29.91033, -95.08056
- Added: 23 Oct 2004
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #1996304
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