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Tarpon Springs in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Rose Cemetery

 
 
Rose Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, March 18, 2012
1. Rose Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Rose Cemetery, also known as Rose Hill Cemetery, established in the early 1900s as a segregated cemetery, is the oldest African-American cemetery in Pinellas County. Located on approximately five acres of land, the cemetery reflects the social history and cultural traditions associated with Christianity and early African-American customs. Many of the African-Americans buried here were of Bahamian descent, and some of their graves are marked by large conch shells. Although the earliest grave marked states 1904, there are strong indications of earlier burials. Rose Hill Cemetery Association was first incorporated on November 22, 1916, when the Lake Butler Villa Company gave the African-American board members a 99-year lease. The following year, in 1917, the property was deeded to the Association. Through the 1950s Rose Cemetery served other black communities throughout the county. Many difficulties through those years, including destroyed records, haphazard burials, and limited funding, resulted in many unmarked and misplaced graves. Significant burials included the founders of the local African-American churches started in the 1890s, and an African American Confederate Civil War veteran, Richard Quarls (1830-1925).
A Florida Heritage Site
 
Erected 2003 by The Rose Cemetery Association, Inc.
Wide view of the Rose Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, March 18, 2012
2. Wide view of the Rose Cemetery Marker
and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-474.)
 
Location. 28° 8.919′ N, 82° 44.162′ W. Marker is in Tarpon Springs, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is on North Jasmine Avenue 0.2 miles north of East Tarpon Avenue (County Road 582). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tarpon Springs FL 34689, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Craig Park War Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Tarpon Springs Sponge Industry (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Baker House (approx. 4.3 miles away); Elfers (approx. 4.4 miles away); West Elfers Cemetery (approx. 4.5 miles away); Old Elfers School (approx. 5 miles away); Seven Springs (approx. 6.1 miles away); Oasis Park (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tarpon Springs.
 
Also see . . .  Rose Cemetery Tarpon Springs, FL. (Submitted on March 29, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
The main entrance of Rose Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, March 18, 2012
3. The main entrance of Rose Cemetery
Rose Cemetery gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, March 18, 2012
4. Rose Cemetery gravestones
The grave of African-American Confederate Civil War veteran Richard Quarls.
Rose Cemetery gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, March 18, 2012
5. Rose Cemetery gravestones
Rose Cemetery gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, March 18, 2012
6. Rose Cemetery gravestones
The grave of Morris Lofton. Tradition states that he wished to be buried in his bed. Part of the frame is still visible above ground.
Rose Cemetery gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, March 18, 2012
7. Rose Cemetery gravestones
Rose Cemetery gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, March 18, 2012
8. Rose Cemetery gravestones
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 590 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 29, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 30, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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