It's been around for about 124 years, making it a hidden treasure here in Gainesville. Mount Pleasant Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Gainesville. It's the resting place for many Gainesville ground breakers. Including: the first African-American dentist, the first African-American doctor, and the first Gainesville resident who was killed in the Vietnam War.
People who have family in the cemetery were getting alarmed by the many development projects in gainesville. But the state of Florida recently approved the cemetery as a historical land site. That means nothing can ever be built inside the cemetery.
It's estimated 150 people are buried in the cemetery in known graves. The Mount Pleasant Methodist Church is one of the oldest black churches in Gainesville. It was dedicated as a historical landmark last month.
By Gavin Johnson, WCJB TV 20 News
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