Family raises alarms on damage to historic cemetery
A historic cemetery dating to the 1800s was damaged this week when a developer started to bulldoze the land with heavy equipment, according to the property’s owners.
The Bradshaw family has owned the land for more than 160 years. It’s located near the corner of Maxey and Church Roads in Houston.
Jeremy Nelloms, whose grandmother is buried at the site and is related to the Bradshaw family, said it’s possible the developers damaged graves when workers started bulldozing the area Monday evening.
“A lot of people in this family are old, but now the grandkids want to come out here and get the place cleaned up, like it should be,” Nelloms said.
The cemetery is overgrown with bushes and grasses, and many graves are covered in weeds. Nelloms said there are many graves that are unmarked and the developers could have poured concrete on graves.
At this time, the family is not sure who the developer is.
Community activist Quanell X held a press conference this afternoon to bring attention to the case.
“You have people buried here, our ancestors are on this property,” Quanell said. “You cannot buy our ancestors.”
“There was no record kept, but we do know that there are an untold number of bodies out here,” he added. “There are babies buried out here. We could all be standing on graves right now. We probably are.”
The Bradshaw Cemetery is included in a list of historic cemeteries at www.houstonhistoricaltours.com, and is one stop on a tour of cemeteries in the East Northeast Houston area.
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