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Hillsborough County Historical Cemetery For All People

Marker ID:  
Location: 5901 North 22nd Street, Tampa, FL
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 28° 0.051    W 082° 26.08
  28.00085    -82.43466666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Hillsborough County
Historical Cemetery For All People

5901 North 22nd Street

Florida's constitution requires the following: "Counties shall provide for inhabitants who by reason of age, infirmity or misfortune may have claims upon the aid and sympathy of society." Hence, in 1905, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase of a 128-acre farm for the sum of $12,500 to be developed for a county farm, cemetery, hospital, and tuberculous (TB) sanatorium. In 1906, J.L. Reed was contracted for the burial of paupers in "Potter's Field"-a one-acre plot reserved for the cemetery. Indigent or unknown persons were buried in this cemetery using stone markers. Each marker was inscribed with only a number, to track the identity of the deceased. The list of burials was maintained by the County Department of Public Assistance and the County Medical Examiner's office. It is believed that as many as 839 Hillsborough County residents were buried at the cemetery. Due to a fire, there are no present records of the grave site plot plans. However, a list of names and death dates remains on file.

Erected 2015 by Hillsborough County Historical Commission
and the Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council.