The Oakridge Section of the Fort Myers Cemetery is one of two distinct sections of the Fort Myers Cemetery used exclusively for black burials. Many prominent black deceased Fort Myers residents and community leaders are buried here. It was established in 1943 as the newer of the two sections reserved for black burials and is around 5 acres in size. Unlike cemeteries for white burials, it does not have a distinctive entry feature or marker, which was a common practice with black cemeteries during segregation. Both black cemetery sections have monument headstones or above-ground tombs similar to those in New Orleans, Louisiana, often called “cities of the dead.” This is a place where visitors can learn about the strength and endurance of Fort Myers black community from years ago, through the loving tributes carved onto their headstones and tombs. A section of Oakridge next to the flagpole was designated as a military burial ground for black military personnel.
The Oakridge Section of the Fort Myers Cemetery is open during daylight hours. Enter from Henderson Street. Special thanks to our partner, the City of Fort Myers.
More information about the Oakridge Section of the Fort Myers Cemetery may be found here.