City of Miami Cemetery

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City of Miami Cemetery

U.S. National Register of Historic Places




City of Miami Cemetery is located in Florida



Location: MiamiFlorida
Coordinates: 25°47′38″N 80°11′27″WCoordinates25°47′38″N 80°11′27″W
Governing body: City of Miami
MPS: Downtown Miami MRA
NRHP Reference#: 88002960[1]
Added to NRHP: January 4, 1989

The City of Miami Cemetery is a historic cemetery in MiamiFloridaUnited States. It is located at 1800 Northeast 2nd Avenue. On January 4, 1989, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.





History [edit]

In 1897 Mr. William Brickell sold a 10-acre (4.0 ha) "rocky" piece of land to the City of Miami for $750 on June 1897 which became the municipal cemetery. At that time it was located one half mile north of the city limits on a narrow wagon track county road created in 1897, a year after the City of Miami was incorporated by 100 men. African-Americans and black Bahamians made up one-third of the City's incorporators.[2] The first burial, not recorded, was of an elderly black man on July 14, 1897. The first recorded burial of a white man was H. Graham Branscomb, a 24-year-old Englishman on July 20, 1897 from consumption. From its inception, the historic cemetery was subdivided with whites on the east end and the blacks population on the west end. Blacks provided the primary labor force for building of Miami but were confined by clauses in land deeds to the north west section of Miami now known as Overtown[3] In 1915, the Beth David congregation began a Jewish section. Two other prominent sections are the circles: the first to Julia Tuttle, the "Mother of Miami" buried in 1898; the second, a memorial to the Confederate Dead erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Sixty-six Confederate and twenty-seven Union veterans are buried here. Other sections include a Catholic section, American Legion, Spanish American War, and two military sections along the north and south fence lines. Among the 9,000 burials are pioneer families such as the Burdines, Peacocks and Dr. James Jackson. This site has the only known five oolitic (limestone) gravestone worldwide. These and the unique tropical plants make this a tropical oasis.[4]

The Miami city cemetery is one of the few cemeteries where the owners of the plot actually hold a deed to the land where the plot is situated... Approximately 1,000 open plots remain within the City Cemetery but to be buried there the criteria is strict. One must be either the deed holder or able to prove familial relationship to the owner. Friends of the family are not allowed. Currently between 10 and 20 burials occur every year at the City Cemetery.

The City of Miami Cemetery [5] is the oldest cemetery and is the first and only municipal cemetery in Miami-Dade County. The cemetery is the resting place for members of many important pioneer families in the City of Miami. Some of these pioneers are known to us by their history and their gravesites. As a result, the headstone and the classical mausoleums embellish the only site associated with many of these individuals.

Notable Burials [edit]

Julia Tuttle Commemorative Service - March 1st

Every year, the Women's History Coalition hosts a Commemorative Ceremony at the Cemetery to honor Julia Tuttle, the mother of Miami and the only woman credited with founding a major US city.  The event includes a re-enactor who tells Julia's story, a visit by the Mayor of Miami and tailgate refreshments.