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Bringing flowers to her family cemetery,  Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik visits her parents, Marcellus Winston and Juanita Smith, in a shared grave.

Decades after Texas took part of its historic farm, a family fights again to save its land from a highway expansion

Daniel Alexander was enslaved when he founded a farm before the Civil War. 175 years later, his family is fighting to keep it intact as Texas plans to expand U.S. Highway 183.

Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik stands by her sister's grave in the Alexander family cemetery on Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2022. Alexander-Kasparik said she feels at home by her sister's grave.
Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik stands by her sister's grave in the Alexander family cemetery on Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2022. Alexander-Kasparik said she feels at home by her sister's grave.

The beginning of a legacy

Multiple trees decorate the cemetery where it is believed, by the Alexander family, more than 50 unmarked graves are buried in proximity to the trees. The trees acting as a natural gravestone.

Losing in 1968

Trying isn’t enough

Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik’s calf longhorn “Rosie, Too” stays alone in a separated feeding area from the older cattle to assure she gets a fair share of food.
Standing steps from the gate that separates the homes on the land from the farm animals, Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik explains the process of the family’s milk production, which ceased after the milking barn was burned down in 1970.
Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik sits in a rocking chair upon the porch of the house she grew up in.  Alexander-Kasparik details stories of growing up in the house on her family’s farm.

An uncertain future 

The parents of Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik share a grave together in the Alexander family cemetery. The grave is decorated with fresh flowers and surrounded by a small gate.

Honoring ancestors 


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