Stephen F. Austin State University

Cemetery Projects

Cemetery Projects (in conjunction with Geography)

Park Street Cemetery Remote Sensing

The Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery is the first organized Black Baptist cemetery (and church) in Nacogdoches County. The cemetery was used from 1897-1945, but in the 1970s it began to be neglected. The City of Nacogdoches assumed custodianship shortly thereafter and a Texas Historical landmark was designated and erected. Mrs. Ernestine McNeil states that the two acre graveyard was filled to capacity, but only 34 headstones remain. This project seeks to locate and mark those graves that have thus far been lost to history. Please contact Dr. Jeff Roth or Dr. Leslie Cecil for additional information.

New Salem (Swept Earth) Cemetery

The Anthropology and Archaeology Club sponsored a trip to the New Salem Cemetery where the students recorded and analyzed symbols associated with mortuary practices. This cemetery, a swept earth cemetery, is intentionally scraped clean of all grasses and weeds. Each grave is oriented east-west, anchored by a head and foot stone, and decorated with various items that include shells, flowers, and small toys. For more information please contact Dr. Karol Chandler-Ezell or Dr. Jeff Roth.