Magnolia Cemetery is located on the border between League City and Dickinson, on 18th street after turning off Highway 3. Magnolia Cemetery dates back to the 1800’s. Reverend William H King III OF THE Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church has said, “ There are slaves buried here. There are people from World War I, World War II, school teachers, people who worked in the community,” According to Melody Mosely Hauch’s book, Here They Rest; Discovering Unmarked Burials at Magnolia Cemetery, “by 1900, Dickinson had a growing black community whose members would be buried in the community graveyard which was often called Dickinson Colored Cemetery before it became known as Magnolia Cemetery. The earliest dated tombstone marks the grave of Faurnett R. Logan who died at the age of 14 on December 1, 1905.” There are though, many unmarked graves.
The Dickinson Historical Society is working with Reverend King’s church, Keep Dickinson Beautiful and other local groups to maintain the cemetery and seek historical recognition of the site. One of the activities was to raise the metal sign arching over the entrance saying Magnolia Cemetery. Mike Cothern and Clay Witherspoon volunteered to head the effort and made a plan. On May 12, 2020, the City of Dickinson Public Works Department, Keep Dickinson Beautiful, the Historical Society, and other community members raised the metal sign while and Mike and Clay welded the sign securely in place. What a great group effort! Community Clean Up events will soon be scheduled. John Dougan and Joan Malmrose planted flowering bulbs and seeds throughout the cemetery as well. Many thanks to Patrick Davis too for organizing community clean ups.
Next step, securing the Historic Cemetery marker.