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
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:
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!
Restoration of a Florida Graveyard Digs Up a Legal Fight
Rival deed holders vie for the future of a historically black cemetery near St. Petersburg that had fallen into disrepair
By Jacob Gershman - April 17, 2017 10:27 a.m. ET
For a Gulfport, Fla., woman, it started with a single grave.
With a shovel and a broom, Vanessa Gray walked into Lincoln Cemetery, a historically black graveyard near her home, in December 2015 and cleared away dirt and grass blotting out the burial ground of a long-dead local minister.
Over time, 23-year-old Ms. Gray started restoring other plots at the neglected cemetery, MORE>>>
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!
Watch the video from Pastor Basha Jordan Jr's live Facebook interview held on April 21, 2017.