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Out ‘N About with Jimmy and George - Brownsville's Old City Cemetery

Brownsville Historical Association

Sound | c. 1993

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  •  History of the old Brownsville city cemetery establishment 
  •  Shots of Old Brownsville and history of the selection of the site 
  •  Grave headstone symbolism 
  •  Family plots 
  •  Portscheller designed crypt 
  •  Sheriff Santiago A. Brito biography 
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These short educational films, hosted by Jimmy Medellin and George Vasquez, Jr., explore various aspects of Brownsville's history and modern life. Each film combines background on the subject with live interviews and onsite footage. This episode presents the old Brownsville City Cemetery, taking a look at its history and some of its prominent graves. Chula Griffin of the Brownsville Cemetery Association gives a tour and explains some points of the historic interest, such as how the site for the cemetery was chosen and morbid events that caused it to grow. She also discusses the headstones, highlighting some of the more elaborate examples and explaining symbolism found throughout the cemetery.
In 1947, the Brownsville Historical Association opened Brownsville’s first history museum at Fort Brown. Since then, the mission of the Brownsville Historical Association has been to promote the history and heritage of Brownsville, Texas through educational and outreach programs. The organization also provides programming at its several venues on a year-round basis. These programs include fine arts exhibitions, school collaborations, preservation education, and community pride celebrations.