Oakwood Cemetery

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At this cemetery where renowned General Sam Houston is buried, there is a statue commonly called “Black Jesus.” According to legend, the bronze statue was erected over the grave of a 5-year-old boy, and it sooned turned deep black. No amount of cleaning could restore the color of the statue. It is said that, although the statue is posed with Jesus’ hands palm up, at times those who visit at night will find him with his palms mysteriously facing down.

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Oakwood Cemetery
Huntsville, TX
United States

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30.7271742, -95.54237009999997
Walker County, Texas
Nearest Towns:
Huntsville, TX (0.6 mi.)
Riverside, TX (12.0 mi.)
Oakhurst, TX (13.5 mi.)
New Waverly, TX (13.6 mi.)
Trinity, TX (18.0 mi.)
Pointblank, TX (19.6 mi.)
Willis, TX (21.2 mi.)
Midway, TX (24.1 mi.)
Panorama Village, TX (24.1 mi.)
Bedias, TX (24.4 mi.)


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  1. Me and my Husband went to the cemetary after going to the site of the Sam Houston Museum and Home place it did have a eerieness to it for sure dont know bout that Statue but surely think there`s spirits there I would like to go back and take pictures

  2. I had a friend who lived across the street from the cemetery in a two-story house. She said at different times both her mother and her brother had come to visit and stay a couple of days. They each stayed only one night because when they went to bed upstairs, their feet would be tugged to the edge of the bed and their covers would be pulled. It didn’t seem menacing but it scared both of them and they never came back to visit her.

  3. I forgot to add that when my friend retired and moved back to South Texas her home across the street from the cemetery was demolished.

  4. Waiting for my film to come back from being developed to see if I caught anything on my trip there last week, but I did have one “unexplained” event occur while i was there! Somehow i totally missed this “black Jesus” statue… But when i stopped to read my pamphlet for the self guided walking tour i heard this buzzing by my right ear and felt what I initially assumes was a fly (or other bug) land on my shoulder…..Then I realized i was wearing my hoodie and wouldn’t of been able to feel a bug land on my shoulder! I turned around real quick and looked around. I saw nothing. I didn’t hear, or feel any other “unexplained” events during my trip. I also didn’t see any. I am anxious to get my pictures back though!

  5. updating post from earlier and sadly i got more compelling images from the steamboat house where sam houston died, and his funeral was held than i got at the graveyard where he is buried.
    Including the only “maybe” from the graveyard:

  6. Can anyone tell me if this is really a statue there in the Oakwood Cemetery or is it ghost? Anybody recognize him? I took this clip while visiting there this past Spring, 2021. Didn’t see it until I arrived home in Austin and reviewed my pics and videos. There was no one else there the day we went! No one!

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