If you'd like to visit - following are (hopefully) more exact directions than what we had from our guide book:
From Hearne (which is North of College Station Texas), turn towards East on 351 (you actually have to drive through 2 blocks of a neighborhood towards the west, then make a turn towards the East. 351 is the overpass that goes through town, by the Pizza Hut). From Hearne, travel about 4 miles (there were stretches of 351 that were under construction during our visit & turned into a dirt road - but speed limit remained 65 mph (yikes), 351 is a little twisty & hilly - I didn't drive as fast as the posted speed limit or the locals) to the community of Blackjack (truly a community since only 45 people were recorded living there in 2000), which is a point that FM 2549 & 351 intersect. Turn towards the North on FM2549 and drive for 1.7 miles (our book said a couple of miles), and turn towards East on CR 229 (which is named Pin Oak Drive (white dirt road)). Then a short ways down on the left you'll see the Hammond Cemetery (also called Hammond Colony African American Cemetery). When we visited, the main gate under the sign was locked, but a gate a little further down was open. Her grave is under some trees & now a few bushes are grown up too - but hers is not too difficult to find - walk NW from the gate (depending upon which gate you enter - more North or more West). Someone had tied a red bandana to a bush beside the headstone.
I've been unable to locate a picture of her, but did find one of the character found on the company's label during her time (50s & 60s).
|Aunt Jemima as seen on pancake mix box|
|Rosie Lee Moore's final resting place, with red bandana close by|