Vistra Employees Restore Historic Black Cemetery
TRINIDAD, Texas, September 9, 2021 /3BLMedia/ - Employees at Vistra’s Luminant Trinidad Power Plant gathered with community leaders Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, to mark completion of a cemetery restoration project. The cemetery, located on Trinidad Power Plant property, is the final resting place for generations of Black residents, including enslaved Texans.
Trinidad Power Plant employees, along with Fluor and Merico contractors, volunteered their time clearing vegetation, removing old trees, and installing a new fence and gate around the cemetery. The project was in coordination with Texas native Robert Hornbuckle, who has relatives buried at the site.
“My great-great-grandfather used to own this property, and my grandfather, John Hornbuckle, was one of the last Trinidad residents to be buried in this cemetery,” Hornbuckle said. “After working with the Henderson County Historical Commission, we believe there’s graves dating back to the 1840s and numerous slaves buried here, which makes this cemetery even more significant in Texas history. I’m proud to have worked with the Luminant team and to see this piece of history preserved for future generations. With help from the historical commission, we’re hoping to have the cemetery designated with a marker as a Historic Texas Cemetery.”
Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra (NYSE: VST), is a competitive power generation business, including wholesale marketing and trading, mining, and development operations. Luminant has approximately 39,000 megawatts of generation across 12 states, powered by a diverse portfolio of natural gas, nuclear, coal, solar, and battery storage facilities. The company operates in six of the seven competitive markets in the U.S. Vistra is a premier, integrated retail electric and power generation company based in Texas, combining an innovative, customer-centric approach to retail with a focus on safe, reliable, and efficient power generation. Visit luminant.com and vistracorp.com for additional information.