Benevolent Cemetery, Lamar County, TX


Benevolent Black Cemetery is located within the city limits of Paris on 13 Street NE, behind the sale barn. It is in Block 152 in the city of Paris of the Lamar County Road Map produced by American Drafting and Services revised December 1993. It appears to be abandoned at this time. Many of the 86 records for the cemetery have come from the Rodgers and Wade Funeral Records.

From Skipper Steely, ed., Backward Glances Volume 2 1930-1932 (Paris, TX: Wright, 1985), p. 64: 'The land for a Negro burial ground now east of the fair grounds, was sold by Captain A. D. Brooks, his wife and her brother John F. Craddock, in 1872, to the Freedmen's Benefit association. It was described as part of the Reddin Russell headright survey, apportioned to Mrs. Brooks from the estate of her father, John R. Craddock, and was 28 by 11 1/8 poles, containing two acres, for which the Freedmen paid $50. I am not able to say just what the Freedmen's Benefit association was, but am sure it was an organization of Negroes who had been freed by the war and who had organized to acquire the burial ground and for other mutual benefit purposes.'

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