James Lucas was honored on Thursday November 8th for the genealogical work he has done for the local African American community. He received the Humanitarian Award from the African American Chamber of Commerce for his cemeteries project, which can be found in the Regional History Center of the VC/UHV Library. This project retains record of deceased African Americans in the area.
Lucas believed that these records would be beneficial to those trying to locate burial locations of loved ones. He recognized that this information may be difficult to access. Out of this concern, the African American Cemeteries Database was created. He spent a great deal of his time piecing together some of the gaps in these cemetery records from sources that include personal interviews, funeral home records, earlier inventories, obituaries, and family tree research data.
His accomplishments are highlighted and featured in the Victoria Advocate.
The African Americans Cemetery Project database can be found at http://vrhc.uhv.edu/manuscripts/africanamericancemeteries/home.htm, covering Dewitt, Lavaca, Gonzales, Goliad, Refugio, and Victoria County.