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Who Needs a Haunted House When You Could Just Take a Tour of Historic Cemeteries

Halloween is a time when haunted houses and costume stores spring up around Greater Houston to prepare you for the holiday. But our encounters with the afterlife don’t exclusively have to happen around Halloween. If you don’t have any Halloween themed plans as of yet today, please allow us for a moment to transport you […]

Halloween is a time when haunted houses and costume stores spring up around Greater Houston to prepare you for the holiday. But our encounters with the afterlife don't exclusively have to happen around Halloween.

If you don't have any Halloween themed plans as of yet today, please allow us for a moment to transport you to a local graveyard just off Allen Parkway on West Dallas Street.

It's called College Memorial Park Cemetery and served as a burial ground for Houston's freed slaves from 1896 to 1972. The cemetery is part of a tour organized by the Houston's society of the Archaeological Institute of America. It's titled "Our Houston Saints Cemetery Tour" and includes Founders Cemetery, also on West Dallas around Downtown and it finishes at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston's East End.

We sent Houston Matters Edel Howlin to take the tour herself.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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