St. Michael's Cemetery
Located in downtown Pensacola, St. Michael's Cemetery has been a burial site since the mid-1700’s. St. Michael’s is one of the only cemeteries in the world that has the graves of nobles buried among servants and slaves. Visitors will also notice the appearance of conch shells next to tombstones belonging to men and women of African descent. The cemetery covers eight acres and includes approximately 3200 marked graves.
Backstory and Context
The family that purchased Theresa are also buried at the cemetery. Don Fransisco Moreno was a prominent leader in the Pensacola area and owned thirty slaves as of the year 1860. Following emancipation, only three slaves elected to stay with the Moreno family, one of them being Theresa.
The cemetery also has been a burial site to those that served in the military, including those that served in the Civil War as well as other prominent people in history. It also is the burial site of those that died due to the Yellow Fever Epidemic.
Most prominent people buried here include:
- Stephen Russell Mallory (Confederate States of America Secretary of the Navy)
- Don Manuel Gonzalez (rancher, Indian Agent, Spanish military officer and wealthy Spanish citizen of the city. A friend of Andrew Jackson, he later became a legislature and officer of local American forces after Florida became under the control and later a state of the United States)
- Dorothy Walton
- Salvador T. Pons
- Daniel F. Sullivan (successful Irish lumber traders and workers of the city's port)
- P. K. Yonge (Lumber Baron of Pensacola)
- Eugenio Antonio Sierra (Prominent medical doctor and professor of colonial Spanish Florida)
- Charles William Jones
- William Alexander Blount (Prominent attorney, businessman and politician of the city from the late 19th century and early 20th century)