|4974 N.E. 63rd Street|
Postal Code: 73121
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Rogan Cemetery is an African American Cemetery located 1/2 mile east of NE Coltrane Road on NE 63rd Street on the South side of the street. Rogan Cemetery was established in 1934. A farmer by the name of Eli Rogan gave land for a cemetery to the African American families. For many years he cared for the cemetery and dug/filled the graves himself. He is buried in the cemetery along with his wife.
NOTE: There are two cemeteries in the same location side by side of each other. The cemeteries are hard to distinguish as they are not separated with a fence or sign to mark the other cemetery. There is a dirt road that leads in and out of the cemetery.
Before adding a name to this cemetery please search Pilgrims Rest Cemetery to make sure the person is not buried in that cemetery.
Standing in front of the cemeteries; Rogan Cemetery on the west (to the right) side and has two large white pillars, one on each side of the entrance with a worn-out gate. This cemetery is active.
Pilgrim Rest Cemetery is on the east (left) side and has four white pillars, on each side with an arch over the entrance. It is also the larger cemetery.
Rogan Cemetery is not a perpetual care cemetery or endowment care cemetery as a result funds for maintenance, repair and care of the cemetery are not available. 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. As you can see by the cemetery photos; Rogan cemetery is seriously unkempt which keeps the cemetery grounds from looking respectable.
Since there is not a caretaker or funds for the cemetery; it is overgrown with tall weeds peeking over the headstones. Many of the headstone/markers are falling over, broken, in disarray, or the markers are nearly completely invisible. Some graves no longer marking a grave itself or sunken in the ground. There are many unmarked graves with only a boquet of flowers, wooden crosses and funeral home markers (some rusted without names or dates) throughout the cemetery. Weather elements and tree sap has deteriorated the quality and appearance of some headstones.
The headstones at Rogan Cemetery are markers of all the love, sweat, toil, tears, joys and triumphs of the past. They are links to family never known, they are a source of history and they tell us a great deal about the families buried there.
- Cemetery description and information submitted by Jackie. Transcribed and photos by Lou and Jackie 2009, 2010 and 2011.