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File #: 22-4754    Version: Name: HLC#22-007: Public hearing continuation to consider a request for a Historic Landmark Overlay District designation for the Mansfield Cemetery, c. 1868, located at 750 W. Kimball Street; Paula McKay on behalf of the Mansfield Cemetery Association, owner
Type: HLC Case Status: Public Hearing
File created: 6/27/2022 In control: Historic Landmark Commission
On agenda: 9/8/2022 Final action:
Title: HLC#22-007: Public hearing to consider a request for a Historic Landmark Overlay District designation for the Mansfield Cemetery, c. 1868, located at 750 W. Kimball Street; Mansfield Cemetery Association, owner
Attachments: 1. Maps and Supporting Information.pdf, 2. Photographs of the Mansfield Cemetery.pdf, 3. Section 155.069.pdf
Title
HLC#22-007: Public hearing to consider a request for a Historic Landmark Overlay District designation for the Mansfield Cemetery, c. 1868, located at 750 W. Kimball Street; Mansfield Cemetery Association, owner

Description/History
The Mansfield Cemetery Association has requested a Historic Landmark Overlay District classification for the historic Mansfield Cemetery on W. Kimball Street. This designation will honor the cemetery’s historic significance. The property is zoned SF-7.5/12 and PR.

In conjunction with the application from the Mansfield Cemetery Association in the previous case HLC#22-007, approval of this designation will create the City’s first Historic Landmark District. The District will not merge the cemeteries together; they remain separate historic cemeteries with their own identities and cemetery associations within the same landmark district.

Historic Background
The Mansfield Cemetery incorporates the Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery and the Black Cemetery. Ralph Man deeded the land for the 2.75-acre Cumberland section in 1874 to the Mansfield congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, but the land was first used for internment in 1868, when Julia Alice Boisseau Man, wife of Ralph Man and sister-in-law of Julian Feild, Mansfield’s co-founders, was buried.

Inventories in 1950 and 1980 recorded 819 grave markers, but there also are many unmarked graves. Several Civil War, World War I and World War II veterans are buried here and the influenza outbreak at the end of World War I added many Mansfield residents to the cemetery.

Many of Mansfield’s early settlers and community leaders are buried in the Cumberland section, including Ralph Man. Many local families buried in the cemetery are known to have close affiliation including the Bratton, Davis, Pyles and Blessing families.

Furniture merchants Duff and T. E. Blessing succeeded their uncle Andrew Bratton as undertakers and Ernie Blessing managed the Blessing Funeral Home until...

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