..."group of 51 other students from Boca Ciega High School are now authors of The Lincoln Cemetery Chronicles, a nearly 

Lincoln Cemetery served as the main burial ground for St. Petersburg's black population from the year it opened in 1926 and throughout the segregation era. 

Boca Ciega High School students write nearly 200-page book about Lincoln Cemetery

From left, Kendrick Gray, Krista Burge, Thanh Tran, Jaleah Polk and Decker Lavely hold a copy of The Lincoln Cemetery Chronicles in the Lincoln Cemetery. The cemetery is next to their school, Boca Ciega High School. Photos by LARA CERRI | Times

Veterans as far back as the U.S. Civil War are buried here, as well as notable civic historical figures.  From years of neglect, the cemetery fell into deplorable condition.  The Lincoln Cemetery Society Inc. has been established to change that.  We hope you feel as compelled as we do to explore and preserve the cemetery's rich history!

By Asa Royal,

Times Staff Writer
Published: June 13, 2017



So how can I get involved?

to preserve it as a place where families can visit, find  their loved ones, and pay their respects for generations.  

It is also our intent to see that it serves as an honorable memorial for our fallen war veterans and civic leaders who are buried here as well.  Find out how you can become part of the mission!

Lincoln Cemetery Society Inc. has made it our mission to restore the cemetery to what it was intended to be, a peaceful, serene, garden-like resting place,  and

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200-page book about the condition, history and legacy of the cemetery. One goal of their book was to ensure that others did not pass by the cemetery without thinking about it, as they once did."



About 15 volunteers showed up in SUVs, pick-ups and sedans with some pulling trailers full of extra lawn mowers – both push and riding models, weed whackers and gas cans. Some arrived and started running lawn mowers as early as 6:40 a.m. for an 8 a.m. start time –  more