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Round Rock Cemetery

The most striking thing, to me, about Round Rock Cemetery was the ways in which it was quite similar to Georgetown Cemetery. On one side there was Homewell Cemetery which was divided by a gravel road into another burial ground which was Round Rock Cemetery proper. When we made our way over to the graveyard I noticed that it seemed to be divided into three different sections. The three sections were, what appeared to be, the white part, the black part, and the Hispanic section. I wasn’t sure how to feel about this, it struck me as, not only quite odd, but also disconcerting as well. It just seemed to show the inherent segregation in something even as sacred as a cemetery. Furthermore, the slave part of the cemetery which was labeled as such began where the trees were, and the area was quite unkempt and in dire need of upkeep.

This is the sign that led to the beginning of the Slave portion of the Cemetery.

One of the most interesting things that I saw in the cemetery was the memorial that was dedicated to the outlaw Sam Bass, who also had the street named after him. His was the most clean and well kept part of the whole cemetery, with a headstone which looked like it had been placed not more than a year ago. When compared with the fact that not a single of the headstones in the black part of the cemetery was intact definitely gave me an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach.

Well maintained and with brand new flowers?

Well maintained and with brand new flowers?

The earliest burial site we could find was from 1851, while the newest one couldn’t have been since 1900. According to the sign post, no former slaves have been buried there since the turn of the 20th century. We, however, could neither confirm nor deny this because the headstones were in such a state of disrepair as to be illegible.

The official name for the cemetery as mentioned in the Historical Marker is “Round Rock Cemetery,” while the partition for the Freedmen was unsubtly called “Slave Cemetery.” This was indicated by the sign in my previous picture.

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  1. January 19, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I’m not sure if it’s my lack of familiarity with Texas History, but I can’t quite grasp why people chose to honor Sam Bass so much. From what I understand he was a murderer, yet he is celebrated. I understand he has historical significance, but why make his grave a focal point? I saw some pictures of the historical site sign, and they reference the slave cemetery being near his graver rather than vice versa. Just seems like Texas history should be re-prioritized.

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