Oakwood Cemetery - Huntsville, TX

Oakwood Cemetery Annex Gate

Oakwood Cemetery Annex Gate

A statue that moves its hands and follows you with its eyes...  We just had to check this out!  Oh sure, it was probably just local lore that we were hearing about but local lore is sometimes based in fact and, at a minimum, usually pretty fun!  

We arrived at Oakwood on a warm Spring day, pulled into the cemetery, took out our mace, and exited the vehicle.  Folks, this is not the best part of town, so tread carefully when visiting but, this cemetery is gorgeous, peaceful and full of history!
 

Final resting place of General Sam Houston at Oakwood Cemetery.

Final resting place of General Sam Houston at Oakwood Cemetery.

Most notably, Oakwood is the final resting place of Sam Houston and a very large marker stands guard over his final resting place.  The original location of the Steamboat House (now relocated to Sam Houston State University) is in the annex of the cemetery and clearly marked.  The Steamboat House was the final residence of Sam Houston, where he passed away and where his funeral was held in 1863. This is a prime stopping spot for history enthusiasts or those who would like to know more about the Steamboat house and its’ haunted history.

Almost as notably, The Black Jesus is in this cemetery.  Local lore has it that, not only will this statue follow you with its eyes, but that many have seen it move its hands from the regular pose of supplication to being upside down.  Originally, a copper statue, time has taken its toll and the statue, an identical replica of The Christus, has turned permanently black.  The Powell family had this statue erected to honor the early death of their 5 year old son.  The immediate family is buried here however, they are buried in the opposite direction from the other graves in the cemetery, adding fuel to local legend.

The Christus.  Local legend says that this statue can be seen crying or even turning its hands!

The Christus.  Local legend says that this statue can be seen crying or even turning its hands!

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Properly respected and marked graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers can be found at Oakwood.  In 1921 the US Government passed legislation deeming all Confederate soldiers US Veterans.

Properly respected and marked graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers can be found at Oakwood.  In 1921 the US Government passed legislation deeming all Confederate soldiers US Veterans.

The Historical Marker for the original location of The Steamboat House can be found just inside Oakwood's annex.

The Historical Marker for the original location of The Steamboat House can be found just inside Oakwood's annex.

And there just might be something to that legend…  The statue gives off one heck of a creepy vibe.  We stayed near the statue for quite awhile and took numerous pictures because it looked like it was moving as we watched!  We continued to monitor the statue closely, reviewed all the evidence to find proof of what our eyes witnessed… and came up empty handed!  Though we used a still camera, video camera, K2, and digital audio recorder, we have absolutely no proof of movement nor do we have any logical reason to explain why The Black Jesus seems to move!

Overall, the cemetery is a beautiful, peaceful and historic setting and worth a visit.  We encourage further, respectful, investigation of Oakwood Cemetery by others during the City’s approved visiting times from 9AM until sunset.