Vistra Employees Restore Historic Black Cemetery
September 09, 2021 at 04:20 AM EDT
TRINIDAD, Texas, September 9, 2021 /3BLMedia/ - Employees at Vistra’s Luminant Trinidad Power Plant gathered with community leaders Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, to mark completion of a cemetery restoration project. The cemetery, located on Trinidad Power Plant property, is the final resting place for generations of Black residents, including enslaved Texans.
Trinidad Power Plant employees, along with Fluor and Merico contractors, volunteered their time clearing vegetation, removing old trees, and installing a new fence and gate around the cemetery. The project was in coordination with Texas native Robert Hornbuckle, who has relatives buried at the site.
“My great-great-grandfather used to own this property, and my grandfather, John Hornbuckle, was one of the last Trinidad residents to be buried in this cemetery,” Hornbuckle said. “After working with the Henderson County Historical Commission, we believe there’s graves dating back to the 1840s and numerous slaves buried here, which makes this cemetery even more significant in Texas history. I’m proud to have worked with the Luminant team and to see this piece of history preserved for future generations. With help from the historical commission, we’re hoping to have the cemetery designated with a marker as a Historic Texas Cemetery.”
Tweet me: Employees at @VistraCorp’s Luminant Trinidad Power Plant gathered with the community on Thurs., Aug. 26, 2021, to mark completion of a cemetery restoration project. The cemetery is the final resting place for generations of Black, even enslaved residents. https://bit.ly/3n0XLPi
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