FedEx Employees Help Give Former Slave Cemetery in Irving Needed Makeover

IRVING — Jammie Simon can point to the tree where the body of his great-grandfather, Minnie Shelton, was laid to rest. But like many of the nearly 200 former slaves and others buried at Shelton's Bear Creek Cemetery, Simon's great-grandfather, the former owner of the burial ground, no longer has a tombstone. Simon said since finding out about his family's connection with the cemetery in 2000, he's helped a handful of community members maintain the small and often-forgotten cemetery, including building and placing white wooden crosses where tombstones use to stand.   Continue reading...

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