A Day of Remembrance

Feb 22 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
1702 N. 13th St.
West Columbia, TX 77486


A day to speak the names of nearly 200 former enslaved men, women and children.
A day to lift up our voices in honor of the sacrifice and strength of so many African American forefathers and mothers.
A day for coming together in fellowship.


Program begins at 10 a.m. in the Picnic Loop 
Public welcome. Public parking at First Capital Park with trolley transportation to Varner-Hogg.
Handicap parking available at program site.

FREE admission all day.

Participating congregations:
Burrell Chapel Baptist
Greater Mount Zion Church
Grace United Methodist Church
Mount Pisgah Baptist

West Columbia, Texas: On Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. there will be a special program held at the Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site to remember the African American forefathers and mothers who were enslaved on the plantation.  
“A Day of Remembrance” has been planned by a committee of stakeholders who have come together to create an opportunity for the community to honor the sacrifice and perseverance of the enslaved people and to recognize their vast contributions to the development of Brazoria County.

The event will include speaking the names of nearly 200 former enslaved men, women and children who once lived and labored on the site. Other event highlights will include participation from numerous area churches, gospel music and a potluck lunch following the ceremony.

Site Manager Dr. Chris Elliott is looking forward to the event. “We welcome any opportunity to share the whole story of the plantations. Most, if not all Texas plantations had enslaved people, and we’re glad to be committed to providing more public education about that part of our history.”

Cheryl McBeth, community volunteer, is part of the planning committee. Cheryl stated, “I’m very honored to be helping with this important program. It is our duty to remember our ancestors and those who were enslaved.” 

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site is operated by the Texas Historical Commission and tells the story of its three owners: Austin colonist Martin Varner, sugarcane mogul Columbus Patton, and Texas Gov. James S. Hogg along with the people – both free and enslaved – who worked to make it successful. For just over 130 years, the property hosted sugarcane production, rum distilling, and oil drilling as it transitioned through families. The plantation is located at 1702 North 13th Street, in West Columbia, Texas, and it is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.