Dickinson's lone African American cemetery gets some TLC

March 17, 2013 6:14:39 AM PDT
It was a hard day of work for volunteers at a local historical cemetery on Saturday, but they say it was worth it.

Magnolia Cemetery is the only African-American cemetery in Dickinson. But years of neglect was taking a toll on the site until residents in that community stepped in.

The yard work was long overdue there.

"It wasn't overtaken, but it was time for it to be touched up," Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Lewis Little said.

Pastor Little, a member of the Dickinson Ministerial Alliance, says it is the only African-American cemetery in Dickinson. It is the final resting place for generations of families, including those of volunteer Alma Hobbs Little's.

"It's a lot of history here and I have grand kids, and a great grandchild, and I just want them to know their foundation, where they came from, the roots of it all," Alma Little said.

There has been some upkeep over the years. The cemetery had been mowed but needed some tender loving care.

"A lot of my ancestors have been buried her, people that I've known," volunteer Deacon Marvin Colbert said. "It's just a blessing to make it look like this."

But there is more than one blessing in this cleanup effort.

"This is our community come together and it's always more than I expect. The god that I serve he gives us more than we need," Pastor Little said.
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