National Museum of Funeral History presents Honoring Olivewood opening reception

Acanthus / Honoring Olivewood Exhibit
Photo by Kasey French

The National Museum of Funeral History will present a new exhibit entitled Honoring Olivewood, featuring a collection of photographs taken of Olivewood Cemetery by young Houstonian Kasey French when she was just 16 years old. Olivewood Cemetery is Houston's first and oldest incorporated African American cemetery and is the final resting place of some of Houston’s first African American citizens, with headstones dating back to 1869.

French’s beautiful photographs tell the story of Olivewood and the many years of neglect the historic cemetery has endured, from decaying headstones and overgrown vegetation to damage from standing water, erosion and crumbling fences. The artist, whose images exude a sense of serenity and peace, hopes the exhibit will inspire and motivate others to help with efforts to restore the historic site. 

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through May 29.

Event Details


1.31.16 | 12:00 pm


National Museum of Funeral History
415 Barren Springs Dr.
Houston, TX 77090-5918


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