The blessing and dedication of a memorial to commemorate those interred in more than 1,100 unmarked graves will be held Sunday, October 22, 2017, beginning at 2 p.m. The graves are in a section of the cemetery that was reserved from circa 1870 to the 1950s for the burial of black Gainesville residents.
Clergy and members of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville worked with community partners, and the city of Gainesville to make the memorial a reality, according to Grace Rector, The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham.
The city provided a 7-foot black marble obelisk for the site and members of Grace and others donated matching marble benches surrounding the memorial to create a space for reflection. "It is an extraordinary example of a community coming together," Higginbotham said.
The memorial is intended to provide recognition of those unknowns interred in the 140-year-old cemetery which also holds the remains of veterans of Revolutionary War and over 100 Civil War veterans, the most famous of which is Lt. General James Longstreet.