COMBINE, Texas, April 18, 2022 — The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Combine as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. The designation honors the cemetery as an important cultural and educational part of Kaufman County’s history. The Kaufman County Historical Commission and the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association welcome the public to share in and witness the official dedication of this significant historical event.
A dedication ceremony to commemorate the town’s first historical marker will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, at 318 Lanier Rd. at the intersection with Pleasant Dr., about 0.6 of a mile south of FM 1389 S.
“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,” he said.
Pleasant Grove Cemetery was first used to bury the family members and friends of James and Permelia Mathis. Their daughter Harriet, who died in 1873 at age 8, is buried in the first marked grave. The burial ground was also the site of the community’s first school and churches. Today the active cemetery is the resting place for almost 600 persons.
“This marker honors Combine’s early settlers and longtime families,” said Jim Davis, chair of the Kaufman County Historical Commission. “It also helps preserve the town’s history and remind residents about the important story the past has to tell. As our county grows, preserving our past becomes even more important,” he said.
Texas has the largest historical marker program in the United States with more than 17,000 markers. The THC reviews more than 300 marker applications each year. About a third are selected. Seventeen states have used the Texas program as a model.
Please join us for this well-deserved marker dedication! If you need more information on this event contact Pam Corder 469-376-4140 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.