Texas City Memorial Cemetery

Texas City Memorial Cemetery (HMXV9)

Location: Texas City, TX 77590 Galveston County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 24.514', W 94° 56.262'

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On April 16 and 17, 1947, disastrous explosions aboard two ships docked at the Texas City port killed hundreds of people. In the weeks that followed, relief workers led by the American Red Cross and other volunteers labored to identify the victims.

Temporary morgues were set up in the Central High school gymnasium and at Camp Wallace, a former Army post. Eventually, 444 people were confirmed dead, and an additional 143 were listed as missing. Sixty-three bodies were never identified.

There was no public cemetery in Texas City in 1947. A burial committee appointed by local officials used donated funds to purchase this two-acre tract of land and made plans to bury the unidentified victims on Sunday, June 22. An interfaith and interracial funeral service was conducted before an estimated 5,000 mourners. Funeral homes from 28 towns provided individual caskets and hearses, and florists from throughout Texas donated flowers.

The Texas City Memorial Cemetery is still reserved for the 63 people who, although unknown by name, are remembered each year at a memorial service on the 16th of April.
HM NumberHMXV9
Marker Number11577
Year Placed1991
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 1:58am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 311996 N 3254814
Decimal Degrees29.40856667, -94.93770000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 24.514', W 94° 56.262'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 24' 30.84" N, 94° 56' 15.72" W
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Area Code(s)409, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2902 25th Ave N, Texas City TX 77590, US
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