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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Honors Rose Cemetery Centennial on U.S. House Floor

June 22, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) delivered remarks before the House of Representatives today to honor the centennial commemoration of Rose Historical Cemetery in Tarpon Springs.

Please see below for his full speech.

“Last weekend, I had the honor of attending the centennial commemoration of Rose Historical Cemetery in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Rose is the oldest African American Cemetery in Pinellas County, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

“It was an especially meaningful ceremony because it was held on Juneteenth, the anniversary marking the end of slavery in the U.S.

“Those who have been laid to rest at Rose represent a major part of Tarpon Springs history and culture. Civil rights pioneers, Veterans, and many others, including friends I grew up with in Tarpon, are buried there.  

“I’d like to especially thank Tarpon Springs Mayor Chris Alahouzos, Annie Dabbs, a member of the cemetery’s board, and the dozens of volunteers who work tirelessly year-round to preserve the legacy of Rose Cemetery.

“Because of their dedication, Rose continues to be a beautiful, historic site for our community.”