Matagorda group honors former slave Hannah Carr

Bay City Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The Matagorda Historical Society (MHS) dedicated a plaque for the grave of former slave Hannah Carr at Matagorda Cemetery during ceremonies Saturday.

   A ceremony dedicating a plaque for a former slave who became a beloved member of Matagorda drew about 30 people to the Matagorda Cemetery Saturday morning. 
   Hannah Carr, who was born between 1834 and 1839, died in 1917, “was a highly respected lady in this town,” reads the plaque that was installed on her grave in the cemetery under the direction of Matagorda Historical Society. 
   Wilma Holt was a speaker at the MHS ceremony. Her grandmother was a good friend of Hannah Carr. 
   “She is a very special person to our family,” Holt said. 
   “Being a black woman in Matagorda” yet holding the respect of the community “were things unheard of in her age,” Holt told those attending. 

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