Lincoln Cemetery - St. Petersburg, FL
Posted by: debbado
N 27° 45.854 W 082° 42.718
17R E 331295 N 3072260
Quick Description: Over 5,000 graves are located in this cemetery. There's only one way in and out which is off 58th Street.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 2:01:56 PM
Waymark Code: WM5WP6
This cemetery is located just South of Royal Palm South Cemetery on 58th Street in St. Petersburg, FL. The Pinellas Trail separates this cemetery from Royal Palm Cemetery.
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There is a book about this cemetery called Lincoln Cemetery. It states (according to the above website), this cemetery served as the main burial ground for St. Petersburg's people of color from 1926, the year it opened, through the segregation era and beyond. There are occasional burials there today.
Several graves were moved from Moffett Cemetery after it closed between 1926 and 1927. Several of the graves do not have tombstones. Since this cemetery has changed hands many times over the years, the record keeping is not up-to-date.
According to the above website....Sumner Marble and Granite Works, the owner of record, keeps the cemetery records and hires a company to mow. Susan Alford, Sumner's president, said the cemetery's future is uncertain. "It's considered closed," she said. "I don't know what's going to happen. I had hopes one of the churches might take over the books so people could locate a grave.''
My personal note on this cemetery...I thought at first it looked more like an abandoned cemetery but there are some recent tombstones. The latest I saw was 2007. I would categorize this cemetery as "neglected". There were several tombstones hidden in bushes, broken, or missing. Apparently the people who own this cemetery also owns Royal Palm Cemetery. Royal Palm Cemetery is nicely taken care of compared to this one. Also, there's no sign stating this is Lincoln Cemetery as you drive in.