Cemetery in Peñitas to be considered a historic landmark by the state


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    The St. Anthony Cemetery near the Río Grande represents generations of Valley history going back as far as the U.S. Civil War.

    The site has been recently designated as a historical landmark.

    Former Peñitas mayor and historical society president Efrén Garza has several of his family members buried at the cemetery.

    "It was a wooded area, even the cemetery plots were [full of] a lot of trash and a lot of trees," Garza said.

    He along with family members have been working to keep the resting place of their family members and their community well-kept since the 1960s.

    "We came back from the service and we were involved in buying equipment to start cleaning up the cemetery," Garza said.

    Now, the cemetery in Peñitas, will be considered a historic landmark by the state.

    The cemetery has some graves of civil war veterans like Ignacio Zamora, who was born in 1835 and died in 1917.

    With other historical landmarks and cemeteries in limbo of getting cut-off by a border wall, Peñitas already has a border wall constructed and it did not cross through the cemetery.

    In addition to the wall, the area is monitored by security cameras and border patrol on the ground and in the air.

    Garza says that a border wall is needed in order to keep the community safe.

    "We cannot go forward without first assuring that we will all of a sudden will not become like a law-less nation," Garza said.

    The dedication of the St. Anthony Cemetery in Peñitas by the Texas Historical Commission will be on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.

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