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Olivewood Cemetery

Olivewood Cemetery

“Olivewood Cemetery” In Houston, Texas, lies near a bend in White Oak Bayou, along the rail line to Chaney Junction, where the First and Sixth wards meet just northwest of downtown.
Olivewood was incorporated in 1875, a mere 10 years after emancipation arrived for Texas slaves when, on June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger debarked in Galveston and made the official announcement a couple of months after the actual end of the war. The cemetery, the people who incorporated it and the people now resting in it are part of a much larger history of Houston and its African American community.
These warm nurturing color palette bring life to the cemetery. When designing this logo I wanted to focus on the beauty of life and the transition between life and death. As a christian when we have funerals we tend to play more upbeat and warming songs to the service, this way we are celebrating the life that is present. Although the passing of a loved one is sad, we should rejoice for all they have done while here on earth and cherish the memories that we still do have.
This half circle bend represents the circle of life, meaning that we start at the end and end in the beginning. Our lives, from beginning to end resemble a complete full circle. No matter how big or small the circle is, it ends in the exact same way for everyone.
The wing represents the “Baker Angel” understanding that this angel plays a very important part to the cemetery, I want to make sure it was incorporated in the design.
Lastly, we have a adinkra symbol “Sankofa” collapsed within the other wing of the baker angel, representing all the past history and culture that lies within.
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