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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Lincoln Cemetery Society holds cleanups regularly to maintain the grounds and improve the property.  We are always looking for help and volunteers!  Here's how you can help:

Hurricane Irma disturbs the peace at historically black Gulfport cemetery
Booker students come in to the rescue

​​...Peace is disturbed at Lincoln. Trees have been uprooted and debris is covering up the old tombstones.
“It was an absolute mess after Hurricane Irma," said Vanessa Gray, President of the Lincoln Cemetery Society. "We had 17 fallen or damaged trees. These trees are bigger than me.”
Dirty Dining: 7 Publix Super Markets failed inspections due to rodents or unsafe food temperatures
Among the graves rests Emma E. Booker. She's an African-American educator who founded Sarasota County's first black school.  More...

History

..."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. 

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!

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

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."


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Community Impact

By Asa Royal,

Times Staff Writer
Published: June 13, 2017


 


So how can I get involved?

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!

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