Masonic Cemetery

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Masonic Cemetery

Location
5025 Old Kings Road South
Bunnell, Flagler County, Florida, 32110 USA
Memorials 556 added (79% photographed)

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This cemetery is located on the east side of Old Kings Road, 1 mile north of State Road 100 in Flagler County, Florida. The original African-American burial grounds in Flagler County were destroyed by reckless development. Those dead were never re-interred elsewhere, but were just covered over. Some of the burials were as old as 1890. The cemetery was, however, re-established in the late 1940’s on 5 acres of land facing the Old Kings Road. The land for the re-established cemetery was purchased by the Espanola Masonic Lodge for the sum of One Dollar (1.00) from white landowners, Lewis Edward Wadsworth II and his wife, Angela Augusta Carpenter Wadsworth, on 26 Mar 1948. The indenture is filed in Flagler County Deed Book 30, page 201. At that time, the trail to this re-established cemetery was through thickly wooded wilderness near the Old Kings Road, several miles from Bunnell, making burials and graveside visits, very difficult.
The earliest burial to be found here is 30 Dec. 1949, however, in the 03 Jun 1948 edition of The Flagler Tribune, it was stated that the body of Versie Lee Mitchell, a soldier from Bunnell, who had enlisted at Camp Blanding on 27 Mar 1943 and who drowned in Burma on 19 Jan 1944, was being returned by the military and that he was to be buried here. His grave has not been located.
A small portion of the original King’s Road, which the British constructed in the 1770’s may be found on the west side of the cemetery. Although interments have continued over the years, the property had slipped into a state of disrepair. On August 7, 2008, the City of Palm Coast Commission approved an agreement with the Espanola Masonic Lodge to help maintain and seek grant funding to upgrade the cemetery. In 2010, a documentation of graves had begun and the overgrowth cleared. Parking, historic site markers and fencing were added to the grounds. On 08 June 2010, there was a re-dedication ceremony to pay tribute to the project and honor the historic significance of this predominantly African-American Masonic Cemetery. In addition, this cemetery has been registered with the State of Florida as an official historic cemetery and site.
Unfortunately, an article in the FlagerLive issue of March 27, 2012, draws attention to the fact this cemetery has again been neglected. This lengthy article, with photographs, shows vandalized and desecrated graves with exposed caskets. However, some of the damage is due to neglect rather than intent, according to the article. One burial had a fallen tree that was strong enough to uproot an adjoining grave marker. The groundskeeper there in 2012, stated that there weren’t any funds to really maintain the cemetery, but he tried to do as much as he could and that there was no money for a dumpster to help clean it up. The article also mentions that the black fence installed in 2010, has been torn up in places and other sections twisted up in a refuse pile. One section was removed, with permission, to let in vehicles during funerals. Being a private historic cemetery and not being used often, it is hard to maintain.

Thanks to Claude Sisco Dean Jr. for permission to submit some of this information to Findagrave

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GPS Coordinates: 29.49037, -81.18695

  • Added: 31 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2144526