Texas border cemeteries
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Texas border cemeteries: History may be best hope for saving family burial grounds

Texas border cemeteries

Sylvia Ramirez tends to the graves of her relatives in the Jackson Ranch Church Cemetery north of the Rio Grande. The Ramirez family is worried about plans for a border fence that could cut through or block access to historic cemeteries.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Texas border cemeteries

Ramiro Ramirez of Mission, Texas, has responsibility over Jackson Ranch Church, where many of his ancestors are buried. He and his relatives are worried that a border fence will cut them off from the church and cemetery.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Texas border cemeteries

The Jackson Ranch Church.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Texas border cemeteries

Martin Jackson, right, the son of south Texas pioneer Nathaniel Jackson, with an unknown child.

 (Jackson family photograph)
Texas border cemeteries

Descendants of the Jackson/Ramirez family.

 (Jackson family photograph)
Texas border cemeteries

Santa Rosalia Cemetery is on the south side of the border wall near Brownsville, Texas. It may be completely off-limits if gaps in the fence are closed.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Texas border cemeteries

Graves in the Eli Jackson Cemetery, near the Jackson Ranch Church.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Texas border cemeteries

Saturnino Blas Cantu is buried in Eli Jackson Cemetery.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Santa Rosalia Cemetery.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Texas border cemeteries

Alfredo Singleterry, 59, left, Florindo Singleterry, 69, center, and Jose Singleterry, 66, visit family graves.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Texas border cemeteries

Juan Granado, 73, and his wife, Esmeralda, 69, look at gravestones in an overgrown cemetery not far from their home in Brownsville, Texas. They hadn’t been allowed to visit the cemetery, which is south of the border fence, in a decade.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Texas border cemeteries

Protesters gather in a prayer circle at a cemetery that could be walled off if a border fence is built.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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