Stop 6-Old City Cemetery

Established in 1852

The Old City Cemetery is located immediately northeast of Downtown Jacksonville in the Oakland neighborhood. The cemetery property was donated by Captain Charles and Frances Willey in 1852 to the Town of Jacksonville. Originally a four acre square, the cemetery was expanded in 1869 by another two acres to the north to accommodate primarily African -American burials.

Before the opening of Evergreen Cemetery in 1881 and Memorial Cemetery in 1911, this part of Old City Cemetery, known as the Duval Colored Cemetery or the “Freedmen’s Cemetery”, came to be the burial ground of choice for many of Jacksonville’s prominent African-American families. Dispersed throughout this part of the cemetery are the graves of 50 African American veterans, commonly referred to as Buffalo Soldiers, including several that served in the Union army.

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