City of Miami Cemetery 1800 NE 2nd Ave. The City of Miami purchased the 11-acre cemetery tract in June 1897 from the Brickell family. The City of Miami Cemetery is one of Miami's most significant landmarks. It is the final resting place for members of nearly all the important pioneer families in the city including Blacks. The "Colored Section" of the Miami City Cemetery is in the shadows of an old tool shed that is behind the Jewish Section of the Cemetery.
The graves of local Black leaders include: Rev. Theodore Gibson, the first City of Miami Black commissioner, NAACP Leader and Commumity Activist; Judge L.E. Thomas, the first Black judge and A.C. Lightburn, one of the Black incorporators of the City of Miami. Local white leaders include Julia Tuttle, Miami’s founder, as well as many pioneer families. Also of note are graves from the Spanish- American War and Miami’s 1899 yellow fever epidemic.