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HUGUENOT CEREMONY

   
 

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St. Augustine, Florida USA

The Huguenot Cemetery was established soon after Florida became a U. S. territory. The cemetery, located just outside St. Augustine's north gate, was first used for the interment of victims of the 1821 yellow fever epidemic and then for the burial of members of city's Protestant population. The cemetery property was acquired by the Rev. Thomas Alexander and then sold to the Presbyterian Church in 1832. By the late 19th century, over-crowding of graves, and the resulting concerns for sanitation and public health, required that the small public and religious burying grounds in St. Augustine be closed.

Most of the cemetery's inhabitants were the more well-to-do residents of the city that died of Yellow Fever. Those poor people of the city that died of the yellow fever were buried just inches below the ground surrounding the cemetery and it is said human bones can easily be found here. The fear from yellow fever was so great that oftentimes people were buried as soon as they fell into a coman from the yellow fever. The rich would pay the grave diggers to add a string to their fingers with a bell above ground. Thus the saying, "Saved By The Bell". In order to insure someone was there to hear them ring the bell they would pay some of the poorer residents to actually sleep on top of their graves at night.

One of the more famous ghosts of the cemetery is that of the "hanging Judge" John B. Stickney who is said to roam the cemetery searching for his gold teeth which were stolen by grave robbers.

 

 
 
   
   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
       
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