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Mesquite, TX – May 21, 2018 – The City of Mesquite will host a memorial dedication ceremony for the historic Brickyard Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, near the intersection of N. Peachtree Road and Clary Drive. The cemetery was designated a State Historical Cemetery in 2002 by the Texas Historical Commission and is the final resting place for more than 80 African-Americans. Visit www.cityofmesquite.com/BrickyardCemetery for more information.
“This beautiful memorial is the culmination of a long journey,” said Charlene Orr, Manager of Historic Preservation for the City of Mesquite. “Many people worked diligently on this project over the years and we can finally say those buried here will never be forgotten again.”
The cemetery dates back to the early 1900s when the Dallas Pressed Brick Company opened its operations in 1904 and owner, Schuyler Marshall, Sr., donated several acres of land to the African-Americans who worked at the brickyard for a school/church, homes and a cemetery. The plant closed in the 1950s. The City purchased the three-acre tract of land that serves as the cemetery in January 2002 to save it from development. The City, Historic Mesquite, Inc. and the Mesquite Chapter of the NAACP pieced the history of the Brickyard Cemetery back together over the course of many years.