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John and Ophelia Gower - Gower Cemetery, Edmond, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Snowdog
N 35° 40.850 W 097° 21.623
14S E 648374 N 3949787
Quick Description: A memorial to John and Ophelia Gower, who established Gower Cemetery, and their descendants.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 11/8/2019 6:18:05 PM
Waymark Code: WM11KR8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
Views: 1

Long Description:
Gower Cemetery was established by John and Ophelia Gower as a black cemetery in Edmond's early years; the first burial was in 1896. Over the years the maintenance of the cemetery was poor, and headstones were carelessly displaced, making it difficult to determine which loved ones were located there. Myrtle Gower Thomas spent years diligently researching the cemetery, identifying graves and placing the cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places. This monument was erected in honor of both the founders and their descendants.

AS THE RISING SUN IS CLEAR TO ALL,
SO FILLS ALL GOD'S WORK - SIRACH 42: 16-17

1889 - 1994
THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED IN HONOR OF
CEMETERY FOUNDERS
JOHN & OPHELIA GOWER AND DECENDANTS

A SYMBOL OF
AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE

There are several Gower grave markers south of this monument.
Website with more information on either the memorial or the person(s) it is dedicated to: [Web Link]

Location: Gower Cemetery

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