Heritage, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 1996 Page: 10
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Flowers and gardens at the Texas State Cemetery are pictured during the time that Ernest Robert Barnes was the caretaker; the Stephen F. Austin monument and
grave are in the background at left. Photograph courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission.
The TeXas State Cemetery
in Austin is agood
example of how we
present the finalresting
place for many of Texas'
greatest military leaders,
officials, educators, and
literary figures who have
to the growth and history
ment to develop special projects at the
cemetery such as the reinterring of Texas
heroes, correcting the drainage through
the center of the cemetery, paving the
roads, and installing grass. The major
north-south road through the cemetery,
officially recognized as State Highway 165,
was named Louis Kemp Avenue in honor
of his service. Kemp's gravesite is located
Before the current restoration and enhancement
work could commence at this
National Register property, archaeological
investigation was conducted in areas of the
site that would be affected by construction.
The Austin firm of Prewitt and Associates
was hired to conduct the survey, with Douglas
K. Boyd acting as principal investigator.
The team included Martha Doty Freeman,
historian, who uncovered a great deal
of information about the cemetery from its
inception to the present time.
David Lake of the Lake Flato architectural
firm in San Antonio was hired as the
project architect with Emily Little acting
as project manager. Lake's working concept
for the site is to develop new elements
in the cemetery that do not compete with
the historic elements and to allow the historic
elements to take center stage. Natural
materials, such as weathered stone, will be
used to construct the visitor center and a
Rose Gate, as well at the Plaza de los
Recuerdos (the plaza of memories). The
Rose Gate on Eleventh Street will become
the ceremonial entrance for funeral processions
proceeding along the avenue east
from the State Capitol.
Previously, the visitor entered the cemetery
without benefit of written or visual
material to introduce them to this sacred
Texas ground. Under the new plan, a
visitor center will be the pedestrian gateway
to the cemetery, providing exhibits,
interpretative signs, site brochures, audioguided
tour information, and access to the
new system of pathways. The interpretative
program was developed by historian
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