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FREEDMAN'S CEMETERY
Dallas, Texas

Dallas County

Freedman's Memorial Park and Cemetery
Protected State Archeological Landmark

N. Central Expressway and Lemmon Ave.

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Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery Entrance
Photo courtesy David Cole, May 2013
Historical Marker Text

Freedman's Cemetery

This area of Dallas County was settled by former African American slaves shortly after the conclusion of the American Civil War. Freedman's Cemetery, a graveyard for African Americans, was established in 1869 on one acre of land purchased by trustee Sam Eakins. Another 3 acres was acquired for cemetery purposes in 1879 by trustees A. Wilhite, Frank Read, A. Boyd, T. Watson, George English, Silas Pitman, and the Rev. A. R. Griggs, a former slave who later became a prominent local church leader and champion of early public education for the African American community.

The community of churches, commercial enterprises, and residences that had developed in this area by the turn of the 20th century was by 1912 a part of the City of
Dallas. Construction of the Central Expressway through here in the 1930s virtually eliminated all physical above-ground reminders of the cemetery.

Descendants of persons buried here and the City of
Dallas agreed in 1965 to establish the Freedman's Memorial Park and Cemetery at this site. Beginning in 1989 representatives of the community worked with the City of Dallas and the Texas Department of Transportation to preserve the historic Freedman's Cemetery site prior to highway expansion.
(1993)
Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery Historical Marker
Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery Historical Marker
Freedman's Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy David Cole, May 2013

Freedman's Cemetery Statues

Photographer's Note:
"There are several poems on plaques around the monument for those who might wish to visit. Cemetery buffs in Dallas can cover a lot of ground there. Greenwood Cemetery is right there as well." - David Cole
Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery Statue
Photo courtesy David Cole, May 2013
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Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery Relief
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Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery Statue
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Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery Statue
Photo courtesy David Cole, May 2013
Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery Statue
Photo courtesy David Cole, May 2013
Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery Statues
Photo courtesy David Cole, May 2013
Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery
Photo courtesy David Cole, May 2013
Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery
Photo courtesy David Cole, May 2013
Dallas TX - Freedman's Cemetery
Photo courtesy David Cole, May 2013
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