San Pedro Cemetery Centennial Celebration 2009
Centenario del Cementerio de San Pedro
The public is invited to come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Cementerio San Pedro, located at the intersection of Posey Road and Old Bastrop Highway (Hwy 21). Established in 1909, San Pedro cemetery has had a very rich history. At a time when our country and state were highly segregated by race, class, and ethnicity, local Mexicans formed a mutual aid society to help people with the expenses involved in funerals. The society’s first officers were Antonio Sanchez (president), Pablo de la Rosa (secretary), Alejandro Rodriguez (treasurer and caretaker), Jose Guerrero (vice president), Ramon Rivera (substitute secretary), and Rosendo Arredondo (collector). Luis Rosales and others helped collect money from Mexican and Mexican American residents in the area to purchase approximately two acres of land. A group of 47 men is listed on the By-Laws as founders of the Cemetery. Records from 1915 indicate that the Association had approximately 300 members, and in 1933 they purchased another 2 acres. Based on the By-Laws, the association wanted to preserve the right for persons of all means and all faiths to bury their loved ones.