The College Park Cemetery Association (CPCA) was created in 2010 as a Texas non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to restore, preserve and maintain the historic College Memorial Park Cemetery (commonly known as College Park Cemetery).
College Memorial Park Cemetery, a five-acre site located at 3525 West Dallas Street in Houston, Texas, was founded in 1896 and served as the burial site for Houston’s freed slaves who lived in the historic Fourth Ward. Over the years, different entities maintained the Cemetery, but during the 1970’s, the Cemetery was all but abandoned, and the became over grown with weeds and trees, tombstones were stolen and/or vandalized, and the homeless made camp.
During 2007, a group of volunteers comprised of neighborhood residents, members from Historic Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, employees from the City of Houston, and other concerned citizens began restoring the Cemetery. To date, thousands of volunteers have mowed, trimmed weeds, cut down trees and cleaned up trash. The grounds are taking shape.
Money has been raised to improve the infrastructure of the Cemetery. A perimeter fence has been constructed . The resurfaced road gives visitors easy and safe access to the gravesites and historical markers. The added water service, drainage and irrigation is helping to maintain the grounds. All improvements have been made with careful attention to the history of the Cemetery.
Additional projects underway include a prayer garden in the southwest corner of the Cemetery and a joint venture with St. Francis Memorial Garden Society for some notable improvements in the south east corner.
Donations for the long term maintenance of the Cemetery are now being solicited. A fund has been established at The Greater Houston Community Foundation for the perpetual care of this piece of Houston’s history. College Park Cemetery receives no public funding, it is being maintained 100% by private donations. Online donations can be made by clicking on the DONATE button on the top of this page.
The Cemetery Association is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and has no paid employees.
College Park Cemetery Association