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Round Rock Cemetery

So, today my group and I (Charlotte, Jessica, Megan, and Drew) took a trip to Round Rock Cemetery. We had better fortune than other groups as we navigated there safely and without problems. When we arrived, or thought we did, we discovered that we were in Hopewell Cemetery. In this cemetery the markings are generally somewhat new. However, as we were searching for parking, we stumbled upon our destination, Round Rock Cemetery. This cemetery is separated from Hopewell Cemetery by a gravel road and greets all guests with a very helpful landmark. This landmark has helpful information on the cemetery’s history and some other interesting facts such as: Sam Bass and his story, the oldest gravesite, etc. 

 

 

The first thing that caught my eye after reading the landmark was the brightly decorated graves. These had flowers, Christmas trees, signs, beer cans, and other items. To my surprise, I was standing in the Hispanic section of the Cemetery. I use the word section because that’s the way this cemetery is set up. Like a store has different isles that have the items you are searching for, this cemetery has different sections for the different ethnic groups: from Latino’s, to Black Slaves, to whites, to babies, this cemetery was extremely segregated. Our group actually located the slave portion because there was a sign titled, “Slave Cemetery”. This portion almost seemed entirely different from the white or Hispanic section. Many of these sites were simple rocks or the markers had fallen and cracked. It was very apparent that this section was not very well kept. On one end of the slave cemetery there was even a pile of rocks that looked like the markers that were used for some of the gravesites.  All in all, I had a very good experience here.

 

 

This picture is by no means racial, by any means. I meant no harm in putting two thumbs up and in no way am I doing the “Gig ‘em’” sign either, I hate A&M. I just wanted to clarify. Also, you can find more pictures of the cemetery by looking at my group member’s posts (Charlotte, Jessica, Megan, and Drew).  

 

-J.D. 

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  1. 4lillie5
    January 25, 2011 at 1:52 am

    I find it interesting that some locations have markers for slave burial locations and some do not. I might have thought this was because of shame at the history involved and because of the sad state of the african-american cemetery sections but it seems not since it was clearly marked at Round Rock cemetery despite also being in poor condition. I wonder why it’s marked at some and not at others?

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