December 2019

Attention Evergreen Property Owners

We are reviewing and electronically updating all records. If you have not reviewed your records with Evergreen in the past two years, please call 904-353-3649 for an appointment. Ask for Rick.

On November 10th, the Marine Corps Birthday, a new Beirut Memorial monument was dedicated at Evergreen by the Jacksonville Semper Fidelis Society.

The new monument was placed in memorium to the 241 U.S. Marines, sailors and soldiers who lost their lives in the terrorist bombing of the marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983.

The monument is located in the flagpole area, across from the Flame of Freedom, near the Main Street gate.

On November 2, an All Soul’s Day Mass was held in the Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery section of Evergreen.

The well attended Mass was celebrated by Father George, the pastor of Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Riverside. Father George also blessed the graves of the loved ones of those in attendance.

Beiruit Memorial
Semper Fidelis Ceremony
All Soul’s Day Mass

HISTORY CORNER

Evergreen Cemetery is the final resting place for many people who are of great historical importance. First Lady of Florida May Austin Elizabeth Mann Jennings was a prominent activist and President of the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs. She was instrumental in the creation of the Florida Park Service, Florida Forestry Service, and the Everglades National Park (which today includes what used to be the Royal Palm State Park, a private park she helped create in 1916 to preserve one of the last naturals stands of Royal Palms). She also founded the Florida League of Women Voters. She is one of Florida’s most powerful and important women leaders, and is laid to rest with her late husband, Florida Governor William Sherman Jennings, in historic Section I of Evergreen Cemetery.

May Mann Jennings

Did You Know?

There are many obelisk style monuments in Evergreen. Obelisks began showing up in America in the 1840’s during a period of Egyptian Revivalism.

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