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Hopewell Memorial Park
(East of Interstate 75 on the south side of Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, between Santo Avenue & Tora Place)
A sandy path leads to five acres part of which was once Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church property. It is one of
the oldest cemeteries in this section and additional property there was owned by the Wallace family. All the
Wallace graves are inside a fenced-in section and the family, in 1950 gave the rest to the county for the purpose
of establishing a public burial ground. Three acres for access were given by Mr.Turner of the Hi-Hat Ranch.
Some of Sarasota's earliest families share the ground with paupers and indigents. Sometimes referred to as the
‘Wallace Cemetery' or the ‘Pauper's Cemetery', it is only recently that records of indigents have been kept. The
first burial was on 2 Sep 1890.
Source: Cemeteries of Sarasota County Florida A Record of Births, Deaths, and Burials
Compiled by The Genealogical Society of Sarasota
Copyright © 1992, 2007