Bearkat Attack to clean cemeteries, help community

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Rotaract’s 2005 Bearkat Attack will be held on April 16. It will begin at 8 a.m. at the West Hill Mall. Student organizations will be designated a worksite where they will complete various tasks that help the community.

The College Republicans in conjunction with the NAACP and other student organizations will participate in Bearkat Attack by cleaning up the African American section of Oakwood Cemetery located at Ave J and 9th Street. Oakwood Cemetery is the final resting place for Sam Houston.

According to The Houston Chronicle, the earliest marker dates to 1842. At one time the cemetery was racially segregated. Slaves were buried there as well as some prominent African American members of the Huntsville community.

Christopher Stone, public relations chairman for the College Republicans, said Joshua Houston, Sam Houston’s slave/friend is buried there. Stone said, “People always want to clean Sam Houston’s Grave. I feel that the African American section needs some care, too.” He added. “I think it is time that the barriers of politics and stereotypes fall. I wanted the College Republicans to get to know the NAACP and the African-American communities of Huntsville.”

Bearkat Attack is Rotaract’s signature event that began in 1994. Many organizations have participated in the event over the years and have helped many members of the community by fixing housing problems, assisting in beautification efforts and restoring places of historical significance. To participate in this year’s Bearkat Attack, e-mail Rotaract at org_rotaract@shsu.edu.