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College Hill Cemetery

 
 
College Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 4, 2022
1. College Hill Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  The College Hill Cemetery, established in 1889, was likely the first burial ground dedicated to serving Tampa's growing African-American population. Several prominent Black citizens were interred here, including former Florida State Senator Robert Meacham and several members of the pioneering Armwood family, including educator, civic leader, and attorney Blanche Armwood Washington. The cemetery was also known as the Cottage Hill Cemetery and the Cuban Cemetery.

Though used predominantly by Tampa's Black community, the cemetery was also the final resting place for a small number of White residents and Cuban immigrants, including well-known tobacco importer Salome Oliva. Over time, the cemetery's extensive footprint became obscured, and its early history became tied exclusively to the extended Armwood family, excluding all others.

The history of College Hill Cemetery was rediscovered following revelations about other predominantly African-American burial grounds that were forgotten in the 20th century. Extensive documentary evidence points to this location as the site of College Hill Cemetery, but further archeological investigation
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is needed to confirm if those buried within it still rest here.
 
Erected 2022 by Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
 
Location. 27° 58.351′ N, 82° 25.846′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of North 26th Street and East 24th Avenue, on the right when traveling south on North 26th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2520 East 24th Avenue, Tampa FL 33605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Il Cimitero Dell’Unione Italiana (within shouting distance of this marker); Sgt. Nick Matassini (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ossuarium Memoriale (about 400 feet away); Florida Sentinel Bulletin (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Benedict the Moor School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cyrus Greene Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Giunta Homestead and Farm (approx. 0.7 miles away); The El Reloj Cigar Factory and J.C. Newman Cigar Company (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
Also see . . .  College Hill Cemetery Marker. (Submitted on July 9, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
College Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 4, 2022
2. College Hill Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 518 times since then and 306 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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