BASTROP COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION
Saul Wright Cemetery
Wright Cemetery Association Seeks Historical Marker for the Saul Wright Cemetery
A sign is attached to a gate which leads along a path to the Wright Cemetery, located in what is now a residential area of Cedar Creek.
Directions to cemetery: Go west on Highway 71. Turn left on Highway 21, then right on McDonald Lane. Drive 1.3 miles to reach the cemetery gate straight ahead. (If continuing down McDonald Lane, the sign will be on your left.)
This two-acre cemetery is located in the Martha Barker Survey and is known by Saul (Sol) Wright Cemetery and as Wright Cemetery. There is no known deed recorded for this cemetery at Bastrop County. The property was donated for use as a cemetery. It has 44 marked graves and many unmarked graves. The earliest visible marker is a metal marker for Annie Edmondson who died on October 18, 1919.
Pamela Jones of Cedar Creek is working toward having the Wright Cemetery designated by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) as historic, then will pursue a historical marker to recognize its history.
Of particular interest is the tie between Texas Freedom Colonies and the Saul Wright Cemetery.
In the decades following the Civil War, nearly a quarter of African Americans achieved a remarkable victory—they got their own land. While other ex-slaves and many poor whites became trapped in the exploitative sharecropping system, these independence-seeking individuals settled on pockets of unclaimed land that had been deemed too poor for farming and turned them into successful family farms. In these self-sufficient rural communities, often known as "freedom colonies," African Americans created a refuge from the discrimination and violence that routinely limited the opportunities of blacks in the Jim Crow South.1
According to those caring for the Wright Cemetery, Saul Wright donated it for the Freedom Colony families who lived in this area or migrated here.2 A survey was prepared by Mr. Clyde Reynolds, Hilda Neidig, Evelyn Wolf and Audrey Rother on February 17, 1987.3 For more information about the Wright Cemetery: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2306327/sol-wright-cemetery
For more information about Texas Freedom Colonies:
1 Freedom Colonies: Independent Black Texans in the Time of Jim Crow (JACK AND DORIS SMOTHERS SERIES IN TEXAS HISTORY, LIFE, AND CULTURE) Paperback – March 1, 2005 by Thad Sitton (Author), James H. Conrad (Author), Richard Orton (Photographer).
2 Pamela Jones of the Wright Cemetery Association
3 Bastrop County Courthouse files.
Photographs were taken from each corner, one of the requirements in order for the Wright Cemetery to be designated a "Texas Historical Cemetery" by the Texas Historical Commission (THC). Once a certificate is received, the BCHC will assist in applying for a Texas historical marker to recognize the cemetery's history.
Below: Original map drawn by Audrey Rother. Redrawn by Cindye Ginsel.
LAST NAME, FIRST NAME BIRTH/DEATH LAST NAME, FIRST NAME BIRTH/DEATH
TEXAS U.S. ARMY WWII
Frank Samuel Jr.
T. C. “Walter”,
TEX. PVT. U.S. ARMY WWI
TEX. PVT. U.S. ARMY WWI
Mary Etta (Slaughter)
Rev. Tommie (T.C.)
C. L. Sr.
Albert R. (Rooster)