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Pipe Yard Cemetery, Humble, Texas

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Location: Humble, Harris, Texas, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Cemetery Black History Texas
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Cemetery Information

The Humble Pipe Yard Cemetery is located just north of FM1960 and east of I-69 in Humble, Texas. Access to this cemetery is from a dirt road off FM1960 just east of Harris Construction. It sometimes has a gate and may not always be accessible.

Interviewed in 2003, a life-long Humble resident Thomas Phillips recounted being told of the old Bender sawmill in the area near the cemetery that Black residents from surrounding areas including Gladysville, Cleveland, Splendora, and Fostoria, would migrate to for work. Bender provided the Black residents the burial ground and in the late 1800s, some churches were built. [1]

Phillips recounted his grandfather being told in 1932 the city council of Humble voted to enact racial purity laws for residents of Humble. "Starting in 1932, Blacks had to move out of Humble. By 1935, almost everyone had moved," Phillips stated. He also recounted Black families that had to exhume and reinter their loved ones after these racist city policies were enacted. [1]

Beginning in 2008, a restoration project was spurred after a highly publicized vandalism case occurred at the cemetery resulting in the desecration of Willie Simms' grave. The cemetery had a new sign installed and the graveyard was cleared of most of the overgrown brush. Currently, the Grace Church of Humble maintains the graveyard on a volunteer basis. [2]

Cemetery Information

Cemetery Names: Humble Negro Cemetery, Pipeyard Cemetery, Humble Colored Cemetery, Bordersville Cemetery,
Cemetery Address: 611 Farm to Market 1960 Bypass, Humble, TX 77338 is the closest address to access road to cemetery
Cemetery Coordinates: 30.006942, -95.261262

Additional Information

This page is part of the Texas Cemeteries Project.

See the Humble Negro Cemetery category for a listing of people buried in this cemetery who also have an entry on WikiTree.

See the FindAGrave list of known burials for this cemetery.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Houston Chronicle 18 June 2003
  2. Houston Chronicle 18 May 2008
  • Gibbens, Pam. "Old cemetary in Humble is not well known, and not taken care of," Houston Chronicle (Houston, Texas), online. June 18, 2003. Available Online
  • Ruiz, Rosanna. "Skull still missing in Humble grave desecration," Houston Chronicle (Houston, Texas), online. May 18, 2008 Available Online

See Also:

  • TXGenWeb Harris County Cemetery Photographs, Humble Negro Cemetery, Humble, Texas; Listing of surveyed graves & accompanying photographs with some transcriptions and notes Available Online
  • Taylor-Harris, Liv. "Bordersville Serivce Learning Project," Claiming Kin Genealogy, blog. February 24, 2011. Accessed September 03, 2020. Available Online



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