African American Burial Grounds Oral History Project

The African American Burial Ground & Remembering Project is an ongoing USF research study which addresses the erasure of historic black cemeteries in the Tampa Bay area. Awarded a USF Blackness and Anti-Black Racism grant in 2020, it consists of faculty, staff, and students from multiple disciplines across USF St. Pete and Tampa campuses. The project focuses on activities to identify, interpret, preserve, record, and memorialize previously unmarked, erased, abandoned, and underfunded African American burial grounds in Florida, with a focus on Tampa’s Zion Cemetery (located beneath Robles Park Village) and St. Petersburg’s Oaklawn, Evergreen, and Moffett cemeteries (located beneath a Tropicana Field parking lot and I-275).

Click here to explore an interactive exhibit about the project on ArcGIS StoryMaps prepared by Kaleigh Hoyt.