Hollie Tatnell

Hollie Tatnell

Death 1911 (aged 51–52)
Robertson County, Texas, USA
Burial Hearne, Robertson County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 38112586 · View Source
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TATNELL, HOLLIE, 1859 - 1911, "Come Ye Blessed: To the memory of our mother, Mrs. Georgia E. Carter, Washington, DC & Andrew L. Hunter, M.D., Marlin, TX"

According to the scant history that exists, Hollie Tatnell was born a slave in Texas. Upon her death in 1911, she was buried in Hearne's colored cemetery, which had allegedly originated as a slave burying ground. Hollie would have been one of the last people interred at the cemetery as it was closed in 1912.
When real estate developers purchased the land in 1947 they edged out the families of color in the neighborhood, who were forced to exhume and rebury the remains of their ancestors in the cemetery. The only family that refused to budge was Hollie Tatnell's children, Georgia and Andrew. The developers, eager to move forward, had to construct a median around Hollie's diagonal grave. As proof of their triumph, the Tatnell children placed the second marker on their mother's grave in addition to her original headstone.
In 2007 the median also received a sign from the Texas Historical Commission, denoting it as a Historic Texas Cemetery despite only containing the remains of one person. "This single grave," it reads, "serves as a reminder of the area's early African-American community and of the sanctity of burial grounds."

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  • Maintained by: Beverly Joe Vaughn
  • Originally Created by: maggiegma
  • Added: 9 Jun 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 38112586
  • Beverly Joe Vaughn
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hollie Tatnell (1859–1911), Find a Grave Memorial no. 38112586, citing Tatnell Cemetery, Hearne, Robertson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Beverly Joe Vaughn (contributor 46915126) .