Henderson County and the City of Athens Partner to Help Restore Fisher-Robinson Cemetery

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Henderson County and the City of Athens Partner to Help Restore Fisher-Robinson Cemetery

The City of Athens and Henderson County Precincts 2, 3, and 4 have recently partnered to see that the historic Fisher-Robinson cemetery in Athens is cleared and honored as a significant place of history in our community.

Just a few weeks ago, Henderson County Commissioners agreed to provide labor and equipment to help remove debris from the historic location located just off of Robbins Road. The title photo above and photos below are from Friday, April 20th when the County began the process of clearing the land. County officials have been working diligently to see that the land be cleared in order to honor the lives of those laid to rest in that location. The City of Athens partnered with the County’s efforts by providing access to the City’s Collection Site for the disposal of the debris.

"My thanks and gratitude goes out to the City of Athens for allowing us to use the City's Collection Station to dispose of the debris rather than having to transport the debris to the Precinct's Solid Waste Stations. This has sped up the process significantly" said Henderson County Precinct 4 Commissioner, Ken Geeslin. "We would also like to thank the Athens Independent School District for allowing us to have access to their property in order to prevent having to enter the property directly from Robbins Road and impede traffic."

City of Athens Community Services Coordinator, Adrianna Hinds, stopped by Friday, April 20th to take photos and check out the progress. Members of the Historical Commission Joe Elam, Ivory Joe Givens, and others were present offering their hospitality by serving lunch and cold beverages to County employees hard at work.

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Pictured above and below: County employees work to clear the land where the historic Fisher-Robinson Cemetery is located.

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“This is an important moment for our community,” said Hinds. “Members of the Henderson County Historical Commission have been researching and working to restore and recognize this property as a black historical cemetery through the placement of state historical marker for many years. Clearing the land, making it visible to citizens of our community, is a wonderful first step. Citizens of Athens and Henderson County need to know about the rich history that this land possesses.”

Plans for the future of this historic property include honoring its history and protecting its legacy through the placement of a Texas State Historical Landmarker.

For more information, contact City Hall at 903.675.5131 or e-mail info@athenstx.gov.