St. John's Historic Cemetery

St. John's Historic Cemetery (HM2ESV)

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N 30° 24.978', W 87° 13.959'

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After the Civil War, Pensacola's population grew rapidly. As new residents flocked to the city, its burial capacity became inadequate. Other pre-existing cemeteries were affiliated with specific religious denominations, making it difficult for those of different faiths to find burial plots. Originally located outside the city, members of Escambia Lodge, No. 15, Free & Accepted Masons established this 26-acre cemetery in 1876 with the goal of creating a public burial space without restrictions based on religion, race. or social class. The lodge's members made up the original board of trustees. They sold grave plots to individuals, families, and organizations, not for financial gain, but to pay off the lands mortgage and for its maintenance. In 1876, Martha Eleanor Screven Frierson was interred here, the first recorded burial. Since then, thousands have been interred, including mayors, soldiers, sailors, and teachers. In 1908, a Spanish Mission style gate house was constructed, consisting of a chapel, storage area, and restroom. St. Johns remains one of Pensacola's oldest and most diverse cemeteries. It features an eclectic mixture of funerary architecture, and is regarded as an "outdoor museum."
A Florida Heritage Site
Year Placed2018
Placed BySt. John's Cemetery, Inc., and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 4:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 477655 N 3364939
Decimal Degrees30.41630000, -87.23265000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 24.978', W 87° 13.959'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 24' 58.68" N, 87° 13' 57.54" W
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