Construction at Historical Houston Cemetery Has Community Outraged

The Bradshaw Family Cemetery is a historic African American cemetery that dates back to the 1800s. Family members claim there are slaves and soldiers buried there. Many of the grave sites are covered by brush and are unmarked. Recently, a and developer and contractor showed up to the site claiming ownership of the land and plans to build new housing and a street that runs through the cemetery.

Ownership of the land seems to be unclear. The family members believe they own the property, but realtor Richard Williamson believes his client owns the land and has recently listed it for sale.

You can read more and watch a video in an article by Tim Wetzel in the KHOU web site at


IF there is an Historic Preservation office in the county. They are the ones that would have access to info and /or the means to get the historic info. I hope they keep this on on high profile for a while… and perhaps get national coverage on this


So, who pays the property tax on the land?


Mary Jane Vennitti June 24, 2014 at 10:21 am

Someone needs to find a way to legally put the plans on hold until the graves can be documented. It would be terrible to destroy human remains and history. Especially in the African-American community.


David Paul Davenport June 25, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Houston has a long history of corruption in city government, no city planning, and no local zoning. And let me add that if I were abetting man I would bet that the person who claims ownership and the right to build on the property is white. The Bradshaw Cemetery folks need to contact the US attorney’s office in Austin to get them involved to block the developer.


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