The benches were purchased with grant money NHPA received from Enterprise Foundation to enhance the historic cemeteries on our neighborhood’s western boundary. Over the last two years, much cemetery restoration and landscape work has been completed by UWF Archaeology Institute, and the Pensacola Area Cemetery Team (PACT) to preserve and restore the Magnolia and A.M.E. Zion Cemeteries which date back to 1882. Damaged headstones are being repaired, cleaned, and reset when needed, and history has been researched to share the stories. If you haven’t toured the cemetery, take a walk by one day, you will be amazed at the transformation of this once forgotten historic site.
Special thanks to Elly Fisher for writing the grant and to Catherine Eddins & Dr. Margo Stringfield with UWF Archaeology Institute for their assistance and to Linda Wright from the Pensacola Area Cemetery Team (PACT) for her assistance selecting the benches and the site placement. Thank you to our amazing team of volunteers: Scott Fisher, Jeff Dearth, Raymond Reese, Catherine Eddins, Elly Fisher, and Melanie Nichols, who braved the heat to help mix and pour 1,800 pounds of concrete for the bases to install our new gorgeous benches. Special thanks also to Councilman Brian Spencer and County Commissioner Lumon May who have given funding out of their discretionary budgets for continued support to maintain these historic cemeteries.