SUNNY POINT CEMETERY
RECEIVES HISTORIC TEXAS CEMETERY DESIGNATION
Cumby, TX – The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has designated Sunny Point Cemetery as a Historic Texas Cemetery.
The designation, reserved for cemeteries that are at least 50 years old and deemed worthy of preservation for their historic associations, means an Affidavit of Designation for Cemetery Purposes has been issued to the Sunny Point Cemetery to and it has been recorded in the Hopkins County Texas Clerk’s office.
“The designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of these important cultural resources. Such awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of a cemetery,” said Larry Oaks, executive director of THC.
Cemeteries hold valuable historical information. They are often the last reminders of early settlements’ historical events, religious beliefs, lifestyles and genealogy.
“Historic cemeteries serve as directories of early residents and reflect the cultural influences that helped shape our state’s communities,” said Oaks. “The Historic Texas Cemetery designation program helps bring attention to these community treasures and the importance of their preservation.”
While the Historic Texas Cemetery designation encourages cemetery preservation, this designation cannot guarantee that a historic cemetery will not be destroyed. In some rural areas, historic cemeteries are threatened by the absence of fencing, which allows cattle and the grazing animals to topple and disturb headstones.
Marker Number 13046 / Marker Location: 2 miles South of IH 30 on CR433 at intersection on CR4128. Application Orginated 2002 - Approved February 2004 - Marker Installed November 6, 2004.