HISTORIC CEMETERIES

EASTERN CEMETERY (1820’s to Present) The historic Eastern Cemetery is located between Jefferson (US 90) and Washington streets just east of downtown Quincy and Gadsden County courthouse square. It began as the  burying ground of Quincy's first settler Hezekiah Wilder, his famaily and friends. The cemetery is the final resting place of many of the second and third generations of pioneer settlers as well as the late 19th and early 20th century merchants. 

WESTERN CEMETERY (1820’s to Present)
Western Cemetary is one of Quincy's oldest cemeteries. Buried here is first and second-generation Gadsden county pioneers. Many were descendants of well-to-do families from the Colonies and of Scottish or Irish descent. They came to the Florida territory seeking opportunity in the newly opened frontier. Among them were early political leaders and the town's social elite. Oral tradition says slaves too, were buried here at the cemetery's northern edge where wild flowers grew in the spring.  In living memory, the remains of wood grave markers still stood where shallow depressions exist today. 

SEABOARD CEMETERY (1870’s to Present)
The origins of this graveyard located to the west and south of First Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church are obscured, but it appears that recorded burials began here the last quarter of the 19th century. The current church, dedicated in 1913, was originally named Strawgum and members living to the west traveled a red-clay road, climbed a fence, crossed the railroad tracks and walked through the graveyard to attend services. At a later date the fence and some graves were removed to extend the road now known as Martin Luther King Boulevard. It is privately owned and not a city cemetary. Interned are a cross-section of Quincy's African American community ranging from prominent pioneering professionals, educators, and clergy to the very humble. Some were born into slavery and died free. Elaborate tombstones of marble and granite contrast with the vast majority of conrete markers scattered throughout both the western and southern sections. In many instances the tombstones are clearly cast, whereas others have hand-written epitaphs, poignantly written, a reminder that grief is a shared human experience. In a few cases, one marker denotes the family relationships among the buried, and scattered throughout both sections are military veterans, the first interned in 1914. Many of the concrete markers are rapidly deteriorating, losing the dead's identities to the ravages of time among other existing, unmarked graves.