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The Silver Green Forgotten Cemetery

Welcome to the second of my posts on interesting cemeteries. Last time I wrote about how wonderful cemeteries are for exploring. They contain great artwork and history in stone, interesting architecture, remnant species of wildlife, and a respite from urbanity. I wrote about Mount Olivet in Queens, New York, which is far from forgotten. However this time I’d like to introduce Silver Green Cemetery, a forlorn little resting place in Homestead, Florida.

There is not much in the way of history available about little Silver Green. One source claims it was a “negro cemetery” provided by an employer for his workers, but I can’t find that source! You kind of stumble upon it after driving around residential and agricultural areas. I followed Google’s directions to it, but still it was tricky to find. Suddenly I was driving along a little dirt road lined with pine trees on one side and a large field on the other. The field is Silver Green Cemetery. On the day I visited, there was a somewhat questionable person hanging about, but my curiosity conquered my fear.

A strikingly lonely pine at Silver Green Cemetery

A strikingly lonely pine at Silver Green Cemetery

I had to get out and wander to start seeing the markers — they are scattered, broken, and few.

The most touching for some reason — to me at least — was the concrete stone of Randolph Harris. It’s the one with the engraving done by hand, not too neatly. This person was clearly loved, and the concrete marker with its hand-written epitaph is simple and sincere, if not fancy.

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Headstones, Silver Green

Headstones, Silver Green

There were indications of some maintenance at Silver Green. Little marker flags were placed over depressions in the ground where clearly there were now-unmarked graves, so perhaps they’ll get markers back eventually.

Currently unmarked graves

Currently unmarked graves

Otherwise this statue was the only other human-made item I saw:

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5 comments on “The Silver Green Forgotten Cemetery

  1. JR Ledesma
    April 10, 2013

    Awesome! Love this post! Really interesting! Can you look for the people through US census data? That would be neat.

    • kentiki
      April 10, 2013

      Good idea! You are really thinking like a historian.

  2. bluebrightly
    May 20, 2013

    I love places like this – I found an old, very picturesque cemetery outside of Fort Myers once, just by following a road called “Cemetery Road.” I hope someone can preserve it.

    • kentiki
      May 20, 2013

      Oh cool, I have to check that out when I’m near Ft. Myers in the future.

  3. Ronnie Hurwitz
    March 30, 2018

    Very Nice Article , well written . It was for the Black Worker’s at Drakes Lumber Yard . Remember This was Jim Crow South at the time . Segregation was big time down in Miami as the rest of the South . I was there yesterday , and it looks pretty much the same as your photo’s . Dr. Paul George , one of Miami’s Historians , wrote a book on South Dade . It’s actually located in what is called , Goulds .It’s a very Sad situation with the Cemetery . Hopefully the County will have control , of this Lost Gem . Good job …Check out The Miami City Cemetery , now that’s Rich in Miami History . There are Several Family’s who are from Homestead that have plots there . On this past February 8th , 2018 , we had the Unveiling of John Little a 19 year old Killed in Action WWII , never had a Headstone . He the Grandson of Homesteads Pioneering Family , The Mowry . Military Honor Guard and All .

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