At the August 2, 2016 City Council meeting, we respectfully adopted RESOLUTION NO. 2016-56: "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF GULFPORT, FLORIDA, TO CONTINUE OBSERVING THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF LINCOLN CEMETERY; ACKNOWLEDGING ENDEAVORS BY COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF LINCOLN CEMETERY."
Key areas addressed in the Resolution include:
Acknowledging Lincoln Cemetery as a historically significant African-American Cemetery, operating during the era of segregation; Gulfport supports the future preservation of Lincoln Cemetery, as well as maintains the cemetery as provided for within Florida Statutes 497.284
Recognizing the approximately 6,000 African Americans buried in Lincoln Cemetery, many of whom were transferred from the Moffett (Evergreen) Cemetery; the Resolution also highlights several Pinellas County African-American leaders that made a difference in the civil rights movement
The cemetery is also home for over 1,000 American Armed Forces veterans, including those that served during the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam
I am very proud to have been a partner with the NAACP, other community leaders (including Gulfport's own Poul Hornsleth), the City Manager and staff since early 2016 on this specific effort. There is much more that needs to be done and key groups are working very hard to potentially develop a final solution for Lincoln Cemetery.
Below is what I read and shared at the City Council meeting as part of my City Council comments in support of Resolution 2016-56: