Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

July 5, 2013

Concord Cemetery to receive official Texas marker

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — A state commission has awarded Concord Cemetery its own official Texas Historical marker – an honor that will be bestowed on the property July 7.

The designation was awarded by the Texas Historical Commission. By virtue of the award, the cemetery is formally acknowledged as a vital and significant part of Lone Star history.

This July 7 dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held at the Concord Cemetery, located next to the Concord Cumberland Presbyterian Church, reports show.

A Cherokee County Historical Commission official has said the official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation.

“Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important culture resources,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC.

Of the Texas Historical Markers, reports show, subject markers are posted solely for public education awareness. They are awarded more frequently than the Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) – legal designation for historic structures and comes with a measure of protection.  

Unlike subject markers, the RTHL must also meet a third criteria – that of architectural integrity. Historic Texas Cemetery markers identify cemeteries which have obtained the HTC designation and whose histories have been researched in detail.

Texas has the largest such marker program in the United States with approximately 15,000 markers, reports show.

Seventeen states have used the Texas program as a model; the THC reviews more than 300 marker applications each year.

A subject qualifies for a marker if two basic criteria are met: historical significance and age. Historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history and the age requirement depends on the topic.

The THC’s Official Texas Marker Policies are outlined in the “Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures,” which may be obtained by contacting the History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission.

That phone number is 512-463-5853 or, contact can be made by visiting the web site at www.thcstate.tx.us     

To get to Concord Cemetery:

• From Jacksonville, go East on Highway 79 to FM 856.

• Turn left and travel about 6 miles.  

• The cemetery and church are on your left.