Take Highway 34 (E. Ennis Ave) east from Ennis about 6 miles to FM 1181. Turn right (south) on FM 1181 and go past Telico, past the Telico Cemetery Road and Pecan Grove Road, to Hooper Cemetery Road. Turn right on Hooper Cemetery Road and follow the road to the cemetery. The paved portion of the road ends at a metal gate. Tire tracks through the adjacent field lead to a second metal gate. Follow the tire tracks in that adjacent field to the cemetery.
Some grave markers are scattered to the left and straight ahead. Behind a partial chain link fence are other graves, the burial area continuing well beyond the visible markers.
The cemetery is mostly overgrown and not maintained on a regular basis; it is, however, still being used. Many death certificates record burial in Telico Cemetery, but there are no blacks buried there.
Also referred to in the records as Telico Colored Cemetery, Hooper Cemetery is on private property owned for some time by the Hooper family. The cemetery once lay adjacent to the Bright and Morning Star Baptist Church, organized by a white minister in 1866. Robert McQueen donated a log cabin and land to be used for a church and cemetery, the church also being used as a school.
In 1890, the church joined with the Friendship Association; and, in 1929, the church bought an acre of land across the road from the school, and the old building was moved into the Rising Star Association. In 1958, many Negro families began to move to Ennis. The pastor and members decided to move the church there also; and, since that move, membership has increased greatly.
See "History of Telico, Texas," Project Director Bettie Gillespie, for a list of pastors who have served Bright and Morning Star, beginning with Rev. Furnace in 1866, as well as a list of deacons who have served the church, many of whom are buried in Hooper Cemetery.
- Added: 21 Jan 2011
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2385351
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