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Student Activities Organizes Clean-Up

Student Activities is calling for volunteers to assist in a clean-up of Westcott Cemetery on June 22.

Several students joined Houston-area nonprofits, community organizations and political groups to clean the area on Earth Day, April 29. The event included representatives from several City of Houston departments, including Neighborhoods, Public Works & Engineering, Solid Waste Management and Parks & Recreation. Other volunteers were from the Houston Police Department Major Offenders Division, Keep Houston Beautiful, Representative Armando Walle's office, Senator Sylvia Garcia's office, Council Member Ed Gonzalez's office, the Harris County Historical Commission, Wesley House Community Center, New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Sunbeam Curry Civic Club and the Greater Northside Management District.

Cemeteries are among the most valuable historic resources because they contain reminders of various settlement patterns, such as villages, rural communities, urban centers and ghost towns.

Westcott Cemetery is located northeast of Shuller and McDaniel, west of Hwy 59 and north of Crosstimbers. The cemetery contains about 40 graves, including the Westcott Family, who were early settlers in the Houston area. In addition, one of Harris County's Commissioners from the 1890s, John Farmer, is buried in the cemetery.

For more information, please contact Anibeth Turcios at acturcios@greaternorthside.org.