Our cultural resources team is collaborating in the investigation and identification of an historic African American cemetery in Clearwater, FL.
Cardno is working with the City of Clearwater, the Pinellas County School Board, and the Homeless Empowerment Program to investigate the status of an historic African-American cemetery reported to have undergone a relocation process in 1954. Cardno partnered with the NAACP, local residents, community leaders, organizations, and religious representatives to approach the project with respect and dignity.
As part of the yearlong ongoing cemetery project, Cardno’s archaeologists and historians conducted extensive background research, including historic documentation collection and review, analysis of aerial photography and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping.
The team also completed two meticulous Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) surveys and analysis of the site. Based on the background research and GPR survey results, Cardno developed a detailed work plan, outlining the investigative excavation (ground-truth) of the cemetery.
Excavation of the site was completed in February 2021, numerous burial shafts were recorded, and several extant burials were identified as a result of this work. Data collected during the investigation is being analyzed and compiled to create a comprehensive report, which will include a management plan for the future of this sensitive historic cemetery site.
A number of news articles (ABC Action News, Bay News 9), social media events, and educational video packages have been produced through the collaborative efforts of Cardno’s cultural resources team with members of the NAACP Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County Branch 5096, the Pinellas County School Board, and the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN).
Learn more about the impact of this project in video below, produced by the NAACP Clearwater Upper Pinellas County.