The Piney Grove Cemetery is an "all-black" cemetery that was established sometime in the early 1900's. However, it is now all but lost and forgotten. The exact location of the cemetery is currently unknown, but it is located somewhere off of West Railroad Avenue (west of the FEC Railroad tracks) about 0.25 miles north of Malabar Road, in Malabar, Brevard County, FL. The "all-white" Malabar Cemetery is located nearby to the northeast, just across the FEC Railroad tracks.
At one time, the cemetery was located behind the Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, an African-American church that was constituted in 1913. Its services were originally held in a one room house until a white, square, wooden building was erected in 1929. The earliest known pastor was Rev. R. T. Jacks, 1915-1917. Rev. D. E. Thomas of Grant, FL, was pastor at the time the wooden church building was erected.
After the wooden church building was destroyed by fire in the early 1950's, and its pastor died, the cemetery slowly faded from memory and became lost to time. The graves in the cemetery are likely unmarked today since most of them were originally marked by wooden boards which have no doubt rotted away over the years. The area in which the cemetery is located is currently overgrown by trees, palmettos and thick underbrush. The area surrounding the cemetery is slowly being developed and will probably cover the cemetery in the not so distant future.
GPS Coordinates: 28.00584, -80.568
- Added: 3 Sep 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2621884
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