The Hidden People Project
Unmarked burials encountered during modern interment episodes and restoration projects, as well as information contained in existing burial records and historical accounts, indicated the presence of a large number of un-marked burials in the cemetery. Remote sensing studies also supported the existence of an extensive unmarked population spanning approximately 230 years.The Search for the Hidden People of St. Michaelís Cemetery Project explores the relationship between cemetery and community via a multidisciplinary investigation. Changes to the physical and cultural landscape, documentation of unmarked burials, and identification of many of the previously unknown individuals who lost their lives on the Florida Gulf Coast frontier, help to better understand and interpret historic St. Michaelís Cemetery and its relationship to the community it serves.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, assisted by the Historic Preservation Advisory Council, the results of this University of West Florida Archaeology Institute project help shed light on these many "hidden people of St. Michael's Cemetery."
[Click links below to access the report in PDF format. Volume I is an especially large file and may be slow to load.]
|Volume I (PDF 127 MB)||Volume II (PDF 33 MB)|