Strong Wind Storm Causes Extensive Damage to Olivewood Cemetery in Houston, Texas

May 23, 2024 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

On May 16, 2024 unusually strong winds devastated Houston and its surrounding areas causing damage to buildings and landscapes across the region.

Olivewood Cemetery, one of the oldest known platted African American cemeteries in Houston, was one of the places that experienced unexpected damage. The National Trust for Historic Preservation was listed as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2022, and received a grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund in 2021

Documented damage as of May 21, 2024 included uprooted and destroyed trees, debris that includes large branches, and the need to replacement of over fifty feet of iron fencing. The Olivewood team has also identified at least seven burial markers that also suffered damage and will require repair.

Descendants of Olivewood, Inc is a 501(c) 3 dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of Olivewood Cemetery. Learn more about the damage and the ongoing work and support that Olivewood will require to recover.

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