Historic African American cemetery restored in Conroe after 128 years

CONROE – It has been over a century since an African American cemetery has been lost in Conroe. Over the past several years, The Conroe Community Cemetery Restoration Project has been working to clean up, restore and preserve the cemetery.

A sign dedication ceremony was held Saturday, and several people spoke about the significance of the cemetery and what it means to the Conroe community.

Organizers say the cemetery never had a name. It was simply known as the Conroe Cemetery, No-Name Cemetery or the Community Cemetery, among the older African Americans in Conroe.

“Each and every one of them were sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, siblings, neighbors and all of them had an influence on the community,” said Jon Edens, the president of the Conroe Community Cemetery Restoration Project.

Burials date back to the 1800s and include former slaves. Some of the forgotten leaders include Mittie J. Campbell, the founder and principal of the first African American public school in Conroe. She died in 1933.

James Charles Pitts, Sr. was an early African American educator from Conroe, who opened the first Black school in Jefferson, Texas. He died in 1966.

Jacob F. Cozier was a pastor and teacher at the Union Church in Huntsville, Texas. He died in 1903.

President of the Montgomery County NAACP spoke at the sign dedication ceremony on Saturday.