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Cistern Black Cemetery fronts on Manchester Street and encompasses two city Blocks in the town of Cistern, Fayette County, Texas. It is situated between Cistern City Cemetery and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church and Cemetery. The first burial according to tombstone dates is of B H Bratcher in 1900 and the last to be buried here was Willie Jones in 1997.
In the later part of the1850's, black farmers came to Cistern when it was known as Whiteside's Prairie. Whiteside's Prairie became Cockrell's Hill then Milton and in 1863 became Cistern after the many cisterns in town because the well water was bad. Black farmers brought their cotton to the Marburger and Knight Gin; they grew vegetables, corn, sugar can and fodder for the animals. They lived, raised their children, schooled them, worshipped here and a few are buried in Cistern Black Cemetery.