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Fort Worth Cemetery Association Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fort Worth Cemetery Association.
Title: Fort Worth Cemetery Association Records
Inclusive Dates: 1931-1947
Abstract: The Fort Worth Cemetery Association was founded January 29, 1931, for the purpose of establishing Peoples Burial Park, an African American cemetery located at the corner of Northeast 28th Street and North Beach Street, in Haltom City, Texas. The initial investors were C. A. Boaz, W. P. Boaz, E. O. Boaz, L. B. Comer and Jessie Boaz Gumm. In 1947, the Boaz family interests in the Fort Worth Cemetery Association were sold to J. N. Baker, Mrs. Marie A. Lee, and Harold B. Baker. The Fort Worth Cemetery Association Records document the establishment of and burial plot sales in Peoples Burial Park. The records include the association’s charter and by-laws, stockholders and board of directors' minutes, land documents, sales records, tax returns and other financial records.
Identification: GA218
Extent: 9 folders (0.2 linear feet)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The Fort Worth Cemetery Association was established January 29, 1931. Its founding directors were C. A. Boaz, W. P. Boaz, E. O. Boaz, L. B. Comer and Jessie Boaz Gumm. That same year, they purchased land and platted Peoples Burial Park, located at the corner of Northeast 28th Street and North Beach Street, Haltom City, Texas. Peoples Burial Park was developed adjacent to two other African-American cemeteries, Fretwell Cemetery (1889) and New Trinity Cemetery (1920s). The three cemeteries are collectively referred to as New Trinity Cemetery.

In 1947, the Boaz family interests in the Fort Worth Cemetery Association were sold to J. N. Baker, Mrs. Marie A. Lee and Harold B Baker. At that time, the Fort Worth Cemetery Association wrote letters to the Pinkston-DeBose Funeral Home, the Davis Funeral Home and Browne-Hardee Undertaking Co., all of Fort Worth, Texas, thanking them for their business. In 1985, the Texas Historical Commission placed a marker commemorating the history of the three cemeteries.


Scope and Contents

The Fort Worth Cemetery Association Records are comprised of its charter, by-laws, and directors’ and stockholders’ minutes. Burial plot sales records list the name of the purchaser, the date of purchase and the purchase price. Some also record the name of the deceased and the plot location. The correspondence includes letters addressed to three Fort Worth, Texas, funeral homes who conducted business with the Fort Worth Cemetery Association, thanking them for their business. Financial records include an audit report, tax return and other miscellaneous records. Land documents detail the acquisition and growth of Peoples Burial Park. Those interested in African-American history and genealogy in Tarrant County would find these records valuable.


 

Organization

Arranged alphabetically by document type, then chronologically thereunder

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Boaz Family
Organizations
Fort Worth Cemetery Association--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
African American cemeteries--Texas--Haltom City.
African Americans--Funeral customs and rites--History.
African Americans--Texas--Fort Worth--History.
African Americans--Texas--Haltom City--History.
African Americans--Texas--Tarrant County--History.
Cemetery Managers--Texas--Haltom City.
Cemeteries--Texas--History.
Cemeteries--Texas--Haltom City.
Cemeteries--Texas--Fort Worth.
Cemeteries--Texas--Tarrant County.
Places
Haltom City (Tex.)--Genealogy.
Tarrant County (Tex.)--Genealogy.
Fort Worth (Tex.)--Genealogy.
Haltom City (Tex.)--History.
Tarrant County (Tex.)--History.
Fort Worth (Tex.)--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Fort Worth Cemetery Association Records were in the possession of Albert Peters until they were donated to The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections, on July 2, 2008. The donation of the materials was negotiated and accessioned by Brenda McClurkin, Special Collections Historical Manuscripts Archivist.

Citation

Fort Worth Cemetery Association Records, GA218, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift, July 2, 2008

Accessioned as 2008-38.

Processing Information

The Fort Worth Cemetery Association Records were processed and finding aid prepared by Margaret Knox-Kruschke.


Container List

 

Box
GA218 Auditor’s Report, 1932
Burial Plot Sales, 1932, 1945-1946
All records contain the name of the purchaser, date of purchase and amount paid for the burial plot. Some contain the name of the deceased and location of the burial plot.
By-laws, 1931
Charter, 1931
Box
GA218 Correspondence, 1941-1947
Letters written to Browne-Hardee Undertaking Co., Pinkston-DuBose Funeral Home and Davis Funeral Home, all of Fort Worth, Texas, thanking them for their business.
Directors' and Stockholders' Minutes, 1931-1947
Financial Documents, 1932-1947, undated
Receipt bearing State of Texas stock transfer tax stamps, lists of stockholders and financial reports.
Land Documents, 1931-1946
Warranty deeds, bill of sale, receipts, and an agreement on building setbacks.
Box
OS300 Tax Returns, 1938-1946
Capital-stock tax and franchise tax returns.