There are times when history sneaks up on you. Sounds like a funny quote but it’s true; we never think about something like a location being historic at the time of its inception. We think, “well, we need this, so let’s make it.” One location that many never think of as being historic are cemeteries, but in fact they are a monument to our past. And one such cemetery was recently honored as a historical location in Kohrville, Texas.
The Amos Cemetery is an African-American cemetery in Kohrville, TX and has been serving the community since 1881. This past Saturday, the cemetery was honored with a historical placard from the Texas Historical Commission as the town’s oldest cemetery. Kohrville was settled in 1870 by freed slaves from Alabama, many of whom either bought land in the area or worked at the local sawmill. Even though the region has changed, the cemetery has remained and continues to serve the families of the town’s forefathers. “Every significant funeral in my family has been right there,” Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon said, and called the historical designation a proud moment (KB).
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