Cosmo Cemetery

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Cosmo Cemetery

Also known as McCormick Cemetery, McCormick-Cosmo Cemetery

Location
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
Memorials 96 added (59% photographed)

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This cemetery is located on the Southside of Jacksonville serving the African Americans that started the community of Cosmo at the end of the Civil War in the 1870’s. The community ran from St. Johns Bluff Road to about Fulton Road. The people settling here were Gullah and Geechee, the descendants of Africans who were brought as slaves to the outer bank islands of Georgia and South Carolina. They worked on plantations growing and picking Sea Island cotton. There is a historical marker giving the history of Cosmo in front of the Alexander Memorial United Methodist Church at 11132 Fort Caroline Road. They brought to north Florida their culture with their own extrinsic language and accent. Two of the first pioneers were James Bartley, who was deeded land in Cosmo on November 7, 1877 and William H. Elliott, who is buried in the oldest grave found in the McCormick Cemetery located west of the Cosmo. Today, their community is almost gone with the farm land being sold to developers, who turned the land into subdivisions and townhouses and changing the area’s name to “Fort Caroline”.

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GPS Coordinates: 30.3561, -81.5161

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #71872