Redlining & White Noise Part 6 | Field Trip to Morton Cemetery
In Part 6 of Redlining & White Noise: Field Trip to Morton Cemetery, Charles and Gregg take a trip back in time to the beginning of Texas -- and into Charles’ personal history. Located along the banks of the Brazos River in Ft. Bend County and established in 1825, Morton Cemetery in Richmond is the final resting place for many first settlers of the colony. Sometimes referred to as the “old 300,” these first colonizers received land and a slave as incentive to settle what would become the state of Texas. People like Jane Long, “the mother of Texas," Mirabeau Lamar, the 2nd President of the Republic of Texas, and William Morton, the first settler, are buried here. What is now called Morton Cemetery was once part of William Moore’s original land grant in 1824. This episode also takes a personal turn into Charles’ past. His aunt and uncle are buried in this same soil where slave owners and convict-leasers have monuments erected to their names.