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Huntsville Prison Byrd Cemetery

Hidden : 6/19/2005
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Captain Joe Byrd or Peckerwood Cemetery


What happens to an inmate who dies in prison and isn't claimed by family or friends?  The Huntsville Prison in Huntsville, Texas, has a cemetery for these unfortunates and is open to the public. Below is a description from the prison's museum's website:

"The state buried inmates in this cemetery whenever no one claimed the bodies of those who died while incarcerated. Prior to 1974, no written records were kept of the inmates buried here...  A Kiowa Indian chief named Satanta was buried in the cemetery in 1878..."

"The Captain Joe Byrd [aka Peckerwood] Cemetery is open to the public and is one of the most well maintained cemeteries that you'll find anywhere. The cemetery is located on a peaceful hill on Bowers Boulevard just east of Sycamore Drive in historic Huntsville."

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