With its first recorded burial in 1897, the City of Miami Cemetery is one of the city’s oldest landmarks. After William and Mary Brickell sold the ten acres of land to the City of Miami, the cemetery was laid out and divided into plots.i It is estimated that more than 8,000 people have been buried in the cemetery. Though originally pineland, a planting of a vast variety of trees and plants soon took place. By the mid 20th century the cemetery had become a subtropical oasis with lush plants and trees. Today, the cemetery’s park-like setting provides a welcoming refuge from the commercial activity in this area of Miami.
The following report contains the results of a site survey and condition assessment of the grave markers and monuments located at the City of Miami Cemetery, 1800 NE 2nd Avenue. This survey was conducted from January—May 2020 for the Dade Heritage Trust. The scope of this project included onsite surveying and the completion of condition assessments for over 2,700 grave markers, monuments, and mausoleums. The purpose of this survey is to establish a baseline for treatment and maintenance by collecting data on the condition and integrity of each marker/monument.