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State of Florida SB220 – Addressing the Abandonment of African-American Cemeteries
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Committee of Jurisdiction: Business and Economic Development


In light of the discoveries of abandoned African-American cemeteries, this bill was introduced on creating a Task Force on Creating the Task Force on Abandoned African-American Cemeteries; requiring the Department of State to partner with specified entities to undertake an investigation of the former Zion Cemetery site; requiring the department to contract with the University of South Florida and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University for the identification and location of eligible next of kin, etc.

State Action


NBCSL Member Sponsor(s):
  • Sen. Audrey Gibson (FL)
  • Sen. Darryl Rouson (FL)

Summary: State of Florida SB220 , The bill calls for a partnership with the University of South Florida for a deeper investigation of the Zion Cemetery that would include exhuming bodies and offering financial support to descendants of those interred at the cemetery for costs related to reinternment, grave markers and funerals.
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