The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized Bridges Cemetery as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker.
The Historic Texas Cemetery designation honors Bridges Cemetery as an important and educational part of local history.
An unveiling ceremony to commemorate the event will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, at Bridges Cemetery. Speakers for the event will include local historian Don Beckel and Library Director Megan Charters. The Colony Public Library Local History Committee welcomes the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event.
“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “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 cultural resources.”
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.
Bridges Cemetery will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon on Memorial Day, weather permitting, with the unveiling ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Members of the Local History Committee will be on site to give tours, answer questions about The Colony’s history, and place flags on the graves of Civil War veterans. Copies of the Committee’s publication, Bridges to the Future, will be available to purchase for $10.
Bridges Cemetery is located at the northwest corner of Morningstar and Chesapeake in The Colony. For more information, call The Colony Public Library at 972-625-1900, ext. 3, or email Noelle Roseberry.