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Cemetery to honor Lubbock sculptress Vivian Cooke

From City of Lubbock:

This Saturday, June 22, the City of Lubbock will rename the section of the City Cemetery commonly known as Carver Heights Baby Land to Vivian T. Cooke Memorial Baby Land. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the City of Lubbock Cemetery.

For decades, Carver Heights Baby Land was a traditionally African American section of the cemetery, home to several unmarked graves belonging to infants whose parents were unable to afford a grave marker or headstone.  

Mrs. Cooke was a long time resident of Lubbock who taught art in local schools for over thirty years. In retirement, Mrs. Cooke focused her energy on her own artistic talents, and in 2011, the City of Lubbock and others in the community dedicated her sculpture "A Golden Day" in Carver Heights Baby Land. 

The sculpture reflects not only the intense feelings of both joy and loss in the parents of babies laid to rest there, but also Mrs. Cooke's personal experience as a mother and the overwhelming grief she endured upon losing an adult son. After her own death in March 2012, many in Lubbock felt compelled to honor Mrs. Cooke's work and contributions to the local community, thus the idea to rename this historic area was put forth.

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