As Tampa's oldest cemetery, originating in 1850, it could be said it has a lot of history. It is Tampa's first public burial ground and contains two adjoining cemeteries, the City owned portion, Oaklawn, and a Catholic owed portion known as St. Louis Cemetery. Together these cemeteries occupy approximately three acres in downtown Tampa. There are a number of notable individuals that were pioneers of Tampa including Tampa's first Mayor, Judge Joseph B Lancaster, and 12 other City of Tampa mayors, one Florida governor, and two Florida Supreme Court justices.
In 2017, we worked with the University of South Florida Department of Anthropology to put together an interactive mapping interface of Oaklawn Cemetery. In the same year, Oaklawn Cemetery received a designation on the National Register of Historic Places.
We would like to recognize the public contributions of Julius "Jeff" Gordon, John H Baxley, and Diane M Rodriguez on their research and efforts to preserve its rich history.