IT'S OFFICIAL! Rosewood Cemetery, Galveston’s first burial ground designated exclusively for African Americans, is the latest area site to be listed on the National Park Service's Register of Historic Places. Established in 1911 by a group of African American citizens who organized themselves as the Rosewood Cemetery Association, the association purchased the land from the Joe Levy Family, and 86 shares were divided among 26 shareholders. Churches, associations, societies, and individuals, including the Wright Cuney Lodge, purchased the shares. The first person buried was Robert Bailey on February 1, 1912, and the last burial was Frank Boyer on June 29, 1944. Learn more about Rosewood Cemetery and its importance to the island's history at www.galvestonhistory.org/news/rosewood-cemetery-listed-on-national-register-of-historic-places. ... See MoreSee Less
Incorporated in 1954, Galveston Historical Foundation is one of the nation's largest local preservation organizations. Over the last 50 years, the foundation has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, public education, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation and stewardship of historic properties.