Historic St. Michael's Cemetery
In the Heart of Pensacola, FL
St. Michael's Cemetery is an eight-acre green space in the heart of urban, historic Pensacola, Florida. Probably in use during the late 18th century, the land was officially designated a cemetery by the King of Spain in 1807. Although assigned to the Catholic inhabitants of Pensacola, people of all faiths have traditionally been buried here. The cemetery is an open air museum that is a testament to the diverse history of Pensacola.
St. Michael's Cemetery is an Official Project of Save America's Treasures, a public-private partnership between the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation dedicated to the preservation of our nation's irreplaceable historic and cultural treasures for future generations.
Today, the cemetery is owned and managed by the St. Michael's Cemetery Foundation of Pensacola, Inc. The nonprofit Foundation works with the University of West Florida and many community groups and individuals to preserve this historic site. Currently, UWF archaeologists working with archaeologists from the University of Mississippi are using remote sensing techniques to identify all of the unmarked burials in the cemetery. In-depth historical research is focused on the people who used the site over time and how the landscape evolved both inside and outside the cemetery throughout the colonial period. This information will be added to the existing St. Michael's Cemetery Geographic Information System database, expanding our knowledge of the history and physical development of our community. The restoration of St. Michael's Cemetery is an excellent example of preserving our past to benefit our future.
The cemetery is located in downtown Pensacola at Garden and Alcaniz Streets: Google Map