Beginning in 1839 with the donation of four square blocks of land, the grouping of cemeteries on the central boulevard of Galveston would grow to include seven separate cemeteries within their gates. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it is the resting place of famous and infamous citizens from Galveston’s colorful past, including veterans from every war between 1812 and the present, heroes, scoundrels, philanthropists, murderers, pioneers of the Republic of Texas, groundbreaking scientists, and working-class citizens from around the world. Due to several grade raisings, there are up to three layers of burials within the cemetery, with some of the markers being lost forever. The stories of some of the “residents” are gathered here for you to enjoy.
Kathleen Shanahan Maca has been researching genealogies and cemeteries for over 40 years. A graduate of Sam Houston State University, she is a member of the Texas Chapter for the Association for Gravestone Studies, as well as the Friends of Galveston Cemeteries group.
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