TAMPA, Florida – It’s believed that Tampa’s first African American cemetery has been found after being lost for many decades. It’s believed to be the Zion Cemetery. It was found located under a Florida public housing complex along the 3700 block of Florida Avenue.
Zion Cemetery was established in 1901 but disappeared nearly a century ago when the 2.5-acre burial ground was parceled off for white development.
We’re still finding hidden graves of black people in segregated burial grounds, and folks want us to “move past race.” This time, it’s in Tampa. They weren’t good enough to bury next to white folks, but white folks saw fit to put a building on top on them. https://t.co/tKjtpaEbVW— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) September 1, 2019
The Tampa Bay Times began looking for the lost cemetery in 2018. They published a story in June that led the city and Tampa Bay Housing Authority to research the site.
An underground radar that was used to locate the burial grounds found at least 120 coffins under the housing project. Here are all 382 death certificates for those buried at Zion Cemetery.
By Marc Charles for Money Talk Radio