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Published on Jul 30, 2012
The annual "Get in the Spirit" public education day is sponsored by the St. Michael's Cemetery Foundation and The University of West Florida. UWF public history students research some of the 3,200 marked burials and present their findings. Many community groups, such as the Audubon Society and the Genealogical Society, are situated throughout the eight acre site to answer questions and distribute materials.
Early maps indicate that the land in and around the modern St. Michael's Cemetery in Pensacola was in use as a burying ground beginning in the mid to late 18th century. The earliest surviving above ground markers are associated with Pensacola's Second Spanish Period (1781-1821). The cemetery is an 8-acre, open-air museum in downtown Pensacola that is a testament to the city's diverse history.