Black Hope Cemetery

Black Hope Cemetery aka Black Hope Horror........

The Black Hope Cemetery is located on Poppets Ct off Poppets Way under the Newport Subdivision.

Crosby,Texas

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THEY KNEW THE BLACK HOPE CEMETERY WAS THERE AND JUST DIDN'T CARE!

The Black Hope Cemetery, Simms Cemetery and Penn Cemetery are all bonded together in one way or another.

Old African-American burial ground.Former slaves buried there with the last burial in 1939 and as many as 60 people had been interred there in pauper’s graves.The land now known as the Newport Subdivision was originally owned by the Mercer McKinney family who were wealthy land owners, farmers and former slave owners. He owned 5 slaves. When slavery was abolished the McKinney family gave a portion of their land to their former slaves. An entire black community was built on this section of the land with schools, churches, a cemetery, until a fire demolished it. Eventually the land was sold to the developers, Purcell Corporation, who began the development of the Newport subdivision, which included the Black Hope Cemetery. The first homeowners in the neighborhood were Ben and Jean Williams.

List of Persons Buried at the Black Hope Cemetery.

60 Unknown paupers graves. Jasper Norton has said to have helped bury 20 persons in this cemetery.

Charlie Thomas b April 1857 d 1930’s. Charlie was a wood chopper and could read and write. Charlie and Bettie worked for William McKinney.

Bettie Thomas b May 1863 Alabamad Aug. 16,1929 Father-Charles Jordan. Bettie was listed as keeping house and could not read and write.

Becky Thornton, Tom Phosod, Billy Cash, Rosie Boose, Joseph Freeman, D. J. Bradley, Ella Freeman, Maude Holmes, John Freejoy, Louise Childress, Roy Childress

Mary Frances b 1869 Louisanna

Terrence Broussard b 1841 Louisanna

Charley Bates, Ben Hubbly, Manie Boose, Bob Hunter, Joe Turner, Nancy Turner, Billy Parrish

(Info from 1860 Slave Census Harris Co.,Texas.)

Mercer McKinney had 5 slaves. Male b 1817, Male b 1838, Male b 1846, Female b 1828, Female b 1845.

John M. Simms had 8 slaves. Female b 1833, Female b 1830, Male b 1849, Female b 1851, Female b 1854, Male b 1855, Female b 1859, Male b 1859.

Any one of these slave may have been buried in the Black Hope Cemetery?

Homes were built over this cemetery and there is unrest.

(Info of burial listing and other material from source below.)

(Black Hope Horror) (The True Story of a Haunting) John Bruce Shoemaker,Berkley, 1993.

Pictures- http://blackhopecem.webs.com/apps/photos/

(Confederate Records from Footnote.com)

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