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Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

 
 
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
1. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The Mt. Pleasant Cemetery was established c. 1883 by the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Episcopal Church as a final resting place for its members and other African Americans in the city of Gainesville. Founded in 1867, the church purchased the 5.38-acre property for $125 in 1886. Among the earliest graves are those of Helen H. Wall (1847-1883) and Jefferson Garrison (1871-1884). Some headstones are of marble or granite carved with symbolic designs, others are simple vaults of stuccoed brick or concrete. Early African American community members and their descendents are buried in individual and family plots here. Among them are civic and religious leaders, educators, physicians, dentists, craftsmen, servicemen, and business owners, some of whom began life as enslaved people. Buried here are the Reverend Alexander DeBose, pastor of the Mt. Pleasant church in the 1870s; Dr. R. B. Ayer and Dr. Julius Parker, the citys first black physicians; Dr. E. H. DeBose, Sr., Gainesvilles first black dentist; and Lance Corporal Vernon T. Carter, Jr., Gainesvilles first Viet Nam War casualty. The cemetery is still maintained by the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, located in Gainesville's Pleasant Street Historic District.
 
Erected 2006 by A Florida Heritage Site Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church and the Florida
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
2. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and Marker
Department of State. (Marker Number F-577.)
 
Location. 29° 40.76′ N, 82° 20.337′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is at the intersection of NW 13th Street (U.S. 441) and NW 29th Avenue, on the right when traveling north on NW 13th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gainesville FL 32609, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Bailey House ( approx. 1.3 miles away); Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church ( approx. 1.7 miles away); Gainesville's Railroads / Past Railroads of Gainesville ( approx. 1.8 miles away); "The Great Endurance Run" ( approx. 1.9 miles away); University of Florida Historic Campus ( approx. 1.9 miles away); Roper Park / Old City Park ( approx. 1.9 miles away); Josiah T. Walls ( approx. 2 miles away); First Gainesville Skirmish / Battle of Gainesville ( approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Marker along NW 13th Street, US 441, northbound image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
3. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Marker along NW 13th Street, US 441, northbound
Southbound view, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
4. Southbound view, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Marker
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
5. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and Marker
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
6. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Marker Sponsor image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 4, 2012
7. Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Marker Sponsor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 590 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 2, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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