The Tamina Cemetery and Community Project Community Development Corporation is holding a Memorial Day service and a fundraiser on May 31 to raise funds for the restoration of the Sweet Rest Cemetery, a 4-acre cemetery located in historic community of Tamina.
A traditional military ceremony will be held at the Lone Star Baptist Church at 10 a.m. at 19033 Main Street, Conroe, and will last about 30 minutes. Following the memorial service, a live chalk art fundraiser will take place at Tamina Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the pavilion. Local artists will be creating images to honor the fallen and the projects of Tamina Cemetery and Community Project CDC.
Both of the events are free to the public. Food will be available at the fundraiser for an additional charge, and all profits will help fund the restoration of The Sweet Rest Cemetery, according to event organizers.
The Sweet Rest Cemetery has received a Texas Historical Designation and is listed in the National Register of historic places, according to a CDC news release.
Over a decade of storms left Sweet Rest Cemetery underwater, according to the CDC. Elijah Easley, chairman of the CDC, discovered the cemetery in disrepair in 2017, and the organization was founded shortly after his discovery, according to the release.
The Sweet Rest Cemetery has been inaccessible due to flooding since 2017. The cemetery holds the remains of World War I, World War II and Vietnam veterans, as well as law enforcement officers, Native Americans and formerly enslaved people, according to the Tamina Cemetery and Community Project CDC website.
In addition to conducting efforts surrounding cemetery restoration, the CDC focuses projects on living veterans of the Tamina community. The organization is currently focusing on raising money to provide 91-year-old veteran Romie Hollins a new home. Donations are accepted on the organization's GoFundMe page.
Additional information about the fundraising event can be found on the Tamina Cemetery and Community Project CDC website.