This Week in Houston’s Buzz: Archaeology Now

ABOVE: Grave of Dominique de Menil

On Saturday, November 3, 2018 the sixth annual Service Corporation International (SCI) Cemetery Tour, titled “Stories of Love & Courage: Women Who Made Houston,” was held from 1-6 p.m. The tour visited the gravesites of historic women who helped develop the city of Houston. At each gravesite, descendants of the woman or representatives of the organization she created were present to share their unique stories and experiences. A reception followed the tour with a New Orleans brass ensemble performing. Organized by Archaeology Now and cosponsored by the Houston History Alliance, the event was part of the Tales of Houston Women program series.

Service Corporation International (SCI) is North America’s largest provider of funeral and cemetery services and was founded in 1962 by Robert L. Waltrip. In addition to compassionately serving families during their time of need, the professionals behind SCI demonstrate an ongoing commitment to theircommunities. SCI proudly sponsors a number of community programs designed to keep families safe, honor those who serve, and comfort those who grieve.

Archaeology Now has promoted awareness and appreciation of world cultures through archaeology for 51 years. The organization was founded by Dominique de Menil, Philip Oliver-Smith, and Walter Widrig. Today, through a lecture series, educational outreach, family events, heritage tourism, and cemetery preservation, it seeks to find common links to those who have come before us to acknowledge the basic dignity of all humankind, and ultimately to advance mutual understanding among Houston’s diverse community.

Archaeology Now wants to thank the following: SCI-Marco Rimassa – for continued nurturing support of the Heritage Cemetery Tours; Betty Chapman for her extensive knowledge of Houston history which she has so generously shared; Christ Church Cathedral for their support in planning and execution; College Park Cemetery and Randall Riepe for sharing stories; Forest Park Lawndale for use of golf carts to make the tour accessible; Houston History Alliance; The Laurenzo family and Laurenzo Catering for generously catering the reception.

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                  Participant shares some words during Cemetery Tour

Grave of the Rev. John Henry “Jack” Yates buried with his family that includes Pinkie Yates

                                        Grave of Dominique de Menil

                      Grave of Chee Bo Eng C’Tol surrounded by loved ones