Three rare century-old African American cemeteries are located within the boundaries of City Council District 10, represented by Councilman Clayton Perry. In 2019 – 2020 Councilman Perry assisted Everett Fly, San Antonio landscape architect, and architect, in recovering and protecting these historic resources. Over the past five years, Mr. Fly has discovered a significant number of historic African American buildings and sites in San Antonio and Bexar County that are threatened and had not been recognized or protected. These discoveries are located in all quadrants of the city and county.
In 2020 Councilman Perry and his staff worked with Mr. Fly to produce a free DreamWeek event at the Hockley-Clay Cemetery. More than one hundred residents from all parts of San Antonio attended the event.
The cemetery property was donated from land owned by a former African American female slave named Jane Warren. During the past year, physical brush clearing and boundary encroachment negotiations have been in progress. Archaeological and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) surveys have documented burial artifacts and possible burial plots. A coalition of neighbors, adjacent property owners, businesses, and interested citizens have worked to restore the original boundaries of the cemetery.