A Historic Texas Cemetery With Modernized Services
A Final Resting Place for the Community Since 1881
An Old American Burial Ground Rich With History
Antioch Life Park Cemetery, formerly American Memorial Park Cemetery, is a Texas institution that dates back to the early Grand Prairie settlement, which includes the earliest Black Americans.
One of the First Settlers in Grand Prairie
Migrating from Tennessee and South Carolina and bringing slaves along with them, David and Alexander Jordan settled in the area around 1852. The early slaves who settled with them were reportedly buried in unmarked graves in the “Antioc” Cemetery.
Among these early Black American pioneers was Mose Jordan, Sr., a slave who arrived in the Grand Prairie area with the Jordans (slaves were given the last names of their owners).
Mose Jordan, Sr. Becomes a Free Man
Following the proclamation in 1863, word was slow to arrive in Texas owing to its being an outpost from Washington, D.C. that did not yet have extensive railroad coverage or telegraph communications.
According to records, Mose Jordan, Sr. was freed by the Jordans around 1865. He was given land to farm and is generally recognized as the first free Black man in what is now Grand Prairie, and possibly, Dallas County.
Consequently, Mose’s offspring, Mose Jordan, Jr. is believed to be the first Black American born in Grand Prairie.
The Beginnings of the Free Black Community in Grand Prairie
Mose Sr., along with two other families, established Freetown, which was located east of Grand Prairie on land that is now known as Mountain Creek Lake. This included a cemetery in 1894.
The area of Freetown where the homes were lined up was called “The Line.” This was the place where the history of Black American settlement in Grand Prairie thrived and prospered.
Father and Son, Both Free Men
Mose Jordan, Sr. was once a slave, but he lived for many more years and died as a free man. He was buried in the White Rock Cemetery in Addison, Texas. His son, Mose Jr., can be found in Antioch Life Park Cemetery in Section A, plot 118. There is no record of the exact burial date.
From American Memorial Park Cemetery to Antioch Life Park Cemetery
On February 3, 1904, it is assumed that the “Antioc” Baptist Church was officially disbanded or merged with another church around that time. However, church history has not been found to verify this information.
A survey was conducted that included all graves in both the Antioch (Antioc) Cemetery and the American Memorial Park Cemetery as the dividing line was indistinct.
Today’s Antioch Life Park Cemetery recognizes the distinct historic areas as the “Antioc” section and the “old cemetery” section. Many veterans of Armed Forces service are buried in Antioch, which recognizes them with ceremonies on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Wreaths Over America Day.
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