Got an idea how to improve Pine Hill Cemetery in South Inverness?
Attend the Public Community Meeting from 6-8pm on Wednesday November 3 at the Valerie Theatre, 207 Courthouse Square, Inverness, to be heard.
Hosted by Inverness native and Pine Hill advocate Dr Devonte White, the town hall-style event welcomes suggestions to improve the 1.8-acre graveyard, bringing it up to the same aesthetic standards as the cemetery in Surrounding 22 acre Oak Ridge.
People can also join the meeting remotely using Zoom with meeting ID 842 8160 8014, or by visiting tinyurl.com/3t7k85ew. Connection starts at 5:55 p.m.
For more information, contact White at 352-446-1346.
Founded in 1890 near the corner of Hill Street and Line Avenue, Pine Hill Cemetery is considered the oldest African-American cemetery in Citrus County. There are 322 known graves there, some of which are just unnamed limestone markers that White wants to identify.
White, a professor of criminal justice at a university in Daytona Beach, decided a few months ago to lead a grassroots enterprise led by community members to rejuvenate Pine Hill, where several of his loved ones are buried.
Some suggestions include planting tougher grass, paving the cemetery’s only dirt road, and improving its signage for lost passers-by.
A number of volunteers from organizations such as the Citrus Garden Club and VFW regularly cleaned up the county cemetery, removing rubbish, vegetation and straightening graves.
Garden Club members are holding a public cleanup of Pine Hill beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 10 and will meet at the cemetery’s blue entrance sign located at the end of a paved road off South Line Avenue.