Magnolia Cemetery

Elkhart, Anderson County, Texas

Cemeteries of Texas Coordinator: Dolores I. Bishop 

Information provided by the State of Texas Atlas Site 

Location 10.3 miles northwest of Elkhart on SH 294 


As is often the case with early African American cemeteries because of the status of Africans and African Americans in pioneer and plantation society, documentation of the Magnolia Cemetery's origin is scarce. A strong tradition of oral history provides what information is available. It is believed that the land for the Magnolia Cemetery was given by farmer E. P. Murray and that the oldest marked grave is that of former slave Isham Murray, who was born in 1805 and died in 1880. His wife Laura reportedly was buried with their white slaveowners. At least sixteen other African Americans born between 1813 and 1856, probably all former slaves, are interred here. Others buried here include nine veterans of World War I, as well as veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. (2000)