Olivewood Cemetery Project
The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society - Willie Lee
Gay – H-Town Chapter has adopted Olivewood Cemetery as its primary
Texas Cemetery Project (TCP). In the not so distant past, the
Descendents of Olivewood filed an application for Historic Texas
Cemetery Designation. The cemetery, located in the old Chaneyville
area is the oldest black cemetery in Houston. Established around 1870
by black Methodists, it was also known by the names of Hollow Wood and
Hollywood. Many 19th century influential African Americans were buried
in the cemetery such as Reverend Elias Dibble, first minister of
Trinity United Methodist Church; Reverend Wade H. Logan, also a
minister of the church; James Kyle, a blacksmith; and Richard Brock, a
city alderman just to name a few.
The Chapter is collaborating with the Descendents of Olivewood to help
with bi-monthly cleanups that are scheduled for the second and fourth
Saturday. Because the majority of the cemetery is covered with heavy
underbrush, more volunteers are needed to help with the cleanups.
Volunteers should bring hoes, rakes, pruning shears, handsaws,
shovels, garden trowels, wheelbarrows, sunscreen and insect repellant.
They should also wear long sleeves and pants, closed-toed shoes,
gloves and hats. Volunteers may also want to bring a sack lunch and
bottled water. There are no restrooms on the site.
Companies and organizations can offer their services by offering
volunteers and/or donating equipment such previously listed. If you
are interested in helping with this project and for directions to the
cemetery, please e-mail TCP Chair
Debra B. Sloan.
To facilitate the project, we are grateful to Trevia Wooster Beverly
for allowing the Chapter to post an abstract of African American
Cemeteries from her book, At Rest: A Historical Directory of Harris
County, Texas, Cemeteries (1822-2001) Including Burial Customs and
Other Interesting Facts, With a Listing of Past and Present
Communities, Funeral Home and Monument Companies.
The AAHGS-Willie Lee Gay-H-Town Chapter firmly upholds the integrity
of intellectual property. As such, we request that appropriate credit
is given to the author with reference to this work. Click here to view
the abstract (MS Word
or Adobe pdf).
Visual History Project
Initially, the Visual History Project (VHP) began with the
partnership between the H-Town and Family Time Capsules in January
2005. However, circumstances beyond each parties control resulted in
an unfinished business. At our April 2006 chapter meeting, the
membership resolved that it was in its best interest to proceed
forward with this very important endeavor. Hence, H-Town accepted the
challenge of taking on the task to preserve the images, stories, and
histories of chapter members utilizing multi-media technology. This
project will combine members’ family or living histories with
photographs and documents into a single streamlined, coherent medium
that is easily available to people nationwide and globally. DVDs will
be produced primarily from information gathered in interviews, which
will be completed with audio, music, and supporting images.
To insure the success of this project, membership participation is
paramount. The Visual History Project Committee (VHPC) will exercise
oversight of the project, coordinating on-camera interviews. Each
participant will be given a maximum of 120 minutes for his/her
interview. Interviewees may schedule more than one interview session
if necessary. For more information, contact the VHPC Co-Chairs
Mrs. Elise Harmon or Mr.
Karim T. Aldridge-Rand.
Veteran's History Project
AAHGS – Willie Lee Gay – H-Town Chapter has chosen to participate
in the Veterans’ History Project (VHP). The United States Congress
authorized the Veterans’ History Project in October 2000. The legislation calls
American Folklife Center at the
Library of Congress to collect and preserve audio and video taped
oral histories, along with documentary materials such as letters,
diaries, maps, photographs, and home movies, of America’s war veterans
and those who served in support of them. The VHP is especially
interested in veterans who served in World War I, World War II, and
the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars. The project also wants
interviews of those veterans who served between the various wars as
well. For more information, contact the VHP Chair
Ms. Marilyn Lawson.