Saturday, April 23, 2011
I didn't want to do this til I researched it some. Even tho I grew up here I did not know the history.
I first saw this place several years ago and it is a good thing i had a truck at the time.Even with truck I wasn't sure I was getting out without damaging my truck.That is how bad it was neglected. People had used it as a dump and many grave tombstones were broken. Altho it is not in as good a shape as Cycadia it is amazingly better now. It still needs some work and a better road thru it would make a big difference. I will post a couple of articles and the web sites. I did not take a lot of pictures and would like to go back sometime and take more time to find the older and interesting plots. The wooden crosses are unknown graves. But as we were leaving I saw this tombstone that caught my eye.I liked the picture of the lady on it. I had no idea who she was. Just her name was Mahalia Jones
Guess what I found when I looked things up
Possibly the oldest historic African American cemetery in Pinellas County is Rose Cemetery. Originally known as Rose Hill, its actual date of inception is unknown. One of its founders Mahalia Jones, (1856-1924), came to Tarpon Springs from Gainesville in an ox cart. Jasmine Avenue divides Rose from the well-maintained Cycadia Cemetery. A longtime local resident recalls that African Americans were buried "in the back of Cycadia Cemetery", and moreover she asserts this area became the Rose Cemetery. Civil War soldiers are buried here.
Another article saying about same thing
ROSE HISTORICAL CEMETERY 1800-TODAY
Rose Cementary is located in Tarpon Springs, Florida, east of Cycadia Cementary. For over 100 years these sites have existed side by side, yet, segregated from each other as the results of past segreagation policies which dissallowed the internment of Negros in cementaries provided for whites.
Rose Cementaries history began before the earliest marked grave from 1904 and reflects the areas social history and the cultural traditions that are associated with the Christian religion and earlier African American traditions. As one of the oldest African American cementaries in pinellas County, Florida, Rose has served the black communities of Tarpon Springs, Ozona, Dunedin, Clearwater, Tampa, Oldsmar, New Port Richey, and surrounding areas.
Here are my pictures. The main gate is awesome.It is a hugh wrought iron gate and has 2 roses in the center. The web sites show it better than my pic.
misc.I found it odd that most of graves had same covering on top.
Hopefully improvements will continue.
Bill asked me if I didn't think it was a little morbid for me to be interested in cemeteries. I told him he was looking at it all wrong. i think of it as a celebration of life. A cemetery tells a lot about that person and the people they left behind.Nothing warms the heart more than a beautiful grave lovingly taken care of by people. Or as sad as one that is neglected.
And even tho I find cemeteries interesting I wouldn't want to live next to one nor be in one late at night.