Burditt Prairie Cemetery Cleanup Day
Saturday, August 7, 2021
8 AM – 11 AM
Montopolis intersection of Felix Ave. and Valdez St.
We are looking for volunteers to help remove trash, overgrown weeds and brush, mow and trim tress at the Burditt Prairie Cemetery. With your help we can restore dignity, preserve the history, provide perpetual care and bring recognition of Burditt Prairie Cemetery to the Austin community.
We will have trash bags, some equipment, water, bug spray ,and breakfast for volunteers, but you are encouraged to bring gloves, extra water and gardening equipment such as rakes, clippers, shears, loppers, lawn mowers and electric weed trimmers. Bring a friend too!
About Burditt Prairie Cemetery
The Burditt Prairie Cemetery, still in active use, is the oldest African American cemetery in Austin and the final resting place of former slaves and emancipated African Americans and their descendants. Burditt’s Prairie is one of Travis County’s original Freedmen’s communities. Its origins date back to 1844 when Jesse F. Burditt, an early Euro-American settler and supporter of the Texas Revolution, established a cotton plantation in the Village of Montopolis which was established in 1830.
The 3.13 acre tract cemetery is in a state of disrepair and in dire need of clearing, restoration, mapping and fencing. Throughout the 170 year history of the cemetery, some headstones remain while others have sunken beneath the ground surface or have been vandalized.
In partnership with the Burditt Prairie Preservation Association, upcoming projects include locating and identifying the 100 to 200 people buried on the property and mapping of every occupied plot through a digital or analog grid system.