This index is of the section where black people are buried. The section with white people is just to the west.
Surveyed and photographed by Angela Cassidy and Donna Warlick on May 27, 2007.
Directions: From U.S. Highway 27 in Tallahassee, FL, travel north to the town of Havana. At the first traffic light,
turn right on State Road 12-A and travel east. From Georgia, take U.S. Highway 27 south to the town of Havana
and at the 2nd traffic light, turn left onto State Road 12-A and travel east. From Quincy, take State Road 12 east to
Havana and proceed through the traffic light at U.S. Highway 27. You are now on State Road 12-A. Continue past
the City Limits, and from there, it is just over one mile to Leslie Lewis Road. Turn right, and make another right onto
the oak canopied road that runs beside the cemetery. The cemetery is on the right and is immediately visible. The
large live oak trees lining both sides of the road were planted on December 23, 1880, by Nathan Shelfer, patriarch
of the Shelfer family and donor of the cemetery land. The section with graves of black people was set aside by the
Shelfer family for their slaves and later for their long time employees. People who descend from those buried in this
cemetery continue to be buried here.
The older grave stones in the cemetery are badly eroded and no name or date is visible. There are some
depressions without markers and one sunken grave, indicating that there are probably many more graves here than
can be found marked today. The setting is beautiful, with huge live oaks within the grounds of the cemetery, along
with some smaller trees and shrubs, covered by a carpet of Virginia Creeper. The landscape photos of the cemetery
are well worth looking at.
Canopy road entrance to cemetery.
Tall live oak in center of cemetery.
Graves under the trees.
Looking into the cemetery from the canopy road.
Each surname that is in burgundy font is a link to a photo of that person's tombstone. If the given name is also in
burgundy, there is a second photo, either one taken up close in order to read names and dates better or to see a
military plaque or slab.
|BOYD||Jaleyn T.||12-30-05||(one date only)||Strong-Jones funeral home marker only|
|BROWNING||Charles||1837||1904||As a slave and freedman, a faithful servant his entire life to William H. Shelfer and family. [Note by Angela Cassidy: Oral family history tells us that Mr. Browning accompanied William Hardy Shelfer to the camps of the Civil War and served as his manservant. This was a common practice of the wealthy. There are no records of Mr. Browning having enlisted as a Confederate soldier.]|
|BROWNING||George D.||10-12-1927||1-16-1999||RCT, US ARMY WW II|
|BROWNING||Gregory D.||1-16-1946||7-17-1999||US ARMY VIETNAM|
|BROWNING||(unreadable)||2nd from Eddie Browning|
|CLEVELAND||Archie||(no date)||died 4-20-1946||At Rest|
|CLEVELAND||Archie, Jr.||9-17-1924||7-25-1985||FLORIDA PFC, US MARINE CORPS, KOREA|
|CLEVELAND||Rossy R.||Mar 1890||9-18-1977|
|COLLINS||Courtney L.||5-25-1910||7-3-1943||FLORIDA SGT 1956 OM TRK CO AVN WW II|
|CULVER?||Illinois||1-1[3?]-180[8?]||8-14-188[9?]||(the name is our best guess)|
|HAYES||Alberta||1899||1987||d/s with Judge|
|HAYES||Judge||1896||1981||d/s with Alberta|
|JACKSON||Emmitt||11-19-189[3 or 8]||8-5-1968|
|LANE||Rose||8-1-1834||2-8-1931||Erected by Webb Miller Family|
|MITCHELL||Hattie||1919||2004||Funeral Home marker only|
|OWENS||Ellis||8-17-1896||4-9-1969||FLORIDA PVT US ARMY WW I|
|OWENS||(unknown)||2-?-1900||(one date only)||(unreadable)|
|Unknown||next to unknown Owens|
|Unknown||3rd from Eddie Browning|
|Unknown||next to Eddie Browning|
|Unknown||right of James Smiley|
|Unknown||Shantaria||faded funeral home marker|
|Unknown||sunken grave right of Hanna Washington|
|Unknown||Unreadable, left of Bertha Jefferson|
|Unknown||unreadable left of Joseph Bell|
|Unknown||unreadable right of Rossy Cleveland|
|WILLIAMS||Isiah||12-1-1910||5-13-1956||FLORIDA PVT 58 AVIATION SQ AAF WW II|
|WILLIAMS||Katie||12-10-1865||1-18-1943||A Loving Mother|
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