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Key West in Monroe County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Key West Cemetery

 
 
Key West Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Key West Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Key West Cemetery was founded in 1847 following a hurricane the previous year that destroyed the earlier cemetery located near present day Higgs Beach. To protect from future flooding, the 19-acre cemetery was located here on Solares Hill, the highest natural elevation in Key West. An estimated 75,000 people are interred here, divided among parcels that reflect the cultural diversity that continues to characterize the city of Key West today. The cemetery contains a historic Catholic section, Jewish section, the USS Maine Plot dedicated in 1900, and the Los Martires de Cuba, a memorial for those who fought in the 1868 Cuban revolution. In addition to these defined areas, African Americans, Cubans and Americans, rich and poor, are interred throughout. In-ground and crypt style graves range from simple concrete copings filled with soil to elaborate monuments. Plot enclosures of wrought iron, wood, or concrete were often used to mark family plots.
 
Erected 2005 by the Historic Florida Keys Foundation, the City of Key West, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-551.)
 
Location. 24° 33.399′ N, 81° 47.776′ W. Marker is in Key West, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection
Key West Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Key West Cemetery Marker
of Passover Lane and Angela Street, on the right when traveling north on Passover Lane. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Key West FL 33040, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea (approx. mile away); Key West Armory (approx. mile away); Convent Of Mary Immaculate (approx. 0.3 miles away); War of 1898 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Porter's Anti-Pirate Fleet (approx. 0.3 miles away); E.H. Gato Cigar Factory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eduardo Gato Cigar Factory (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Samuel O. Johnson House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Key West.
 
Also see . . .  Key West Cemetery. A guide and tour. (Submitted on July 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Battleship Maine Memorial Section image. Click for full size.
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3. Battleship Maine Memorial Section
Unknown Dead from the Maine image. Click for full size.
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4. Unknown Dead from the Maine
Key West Cemetery image. Click for full size.
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5. Key West Cemetery
Key West Cemetery Plaque on Gate image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 28, 2015
6. Key West Cemetery Plaque on Gate
Key West Cemetery 701 Passover Lane Herein lies our history
Key West Cemetery Plaze on Gate image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 28, 2015
7. Key West Cemetery Plaze on Gate
Key West Cemetery A Florida Heritage Site Founded in 1847
Key West Cemetery Gate image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 28, 2015
8. Key West Cemetery Gate
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,042 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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