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File #: 22-4908    Version: Name: Ordinance - Public Hearing and First Reading on an Ordinance Approving a Historic Landmark Overlay District Classification for the Mansfield Cemetery, c. 1868, and the Mansfield Community Cemetery, (c. 1874), Located at 750 W. Kimball Street; Mansfield Ce
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/13/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/10/2022 Final action: 10/10/2022
Title: Ordinance - Public Hearing Continuation and Second and Final Reading on an Ordinance Approving a Historic Landmark Overlay District Classification for the Mansfield Cemetery, c. 1868, and the Mansfield Community Cemetery, c. 1874, Located at 750 W. Kimball Street; Mansfield Cemetery Association, Owner and Mansfield Community Cemetery Association, Owner (HLC#22-007 and HLC#22-010)
Sponsors: Jason Alexander, Art Wright
Attachments: 1. Ordinance, 2. Exhibit A, 3. Maps and Supporting Information, 4. Photographs of the Mansfield Cemetery, 5. Photographs of the Mansfield Community Cemetery

Title

Ordinance - Public Hearing Continuation and Second and Final Reading on an Ordinance Approving a Historic Landmark Overlay District Classification for the Mansfield Cemetery, c. 1868, and the Mansfield Community Cemetery, c. 1874, Located at 750 W. Kimball Street; Mansfield Cemetery Association, Owner and Mansfield Community Cemetery Association, Owner (HLC#22-007 and HLC#22-010)

 

Requested Action

To consider the proposed Historic Landmark Overlay District classification.

 

Recommendation

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on September 19, 2022, and voted 6 to 0 to recommend approval. (Commissioner Mainer abstained from the vote.)

                     

The Historic Landmark Commission held a public hearing on September 8, 2022, and voted 6 to 0 to recommend approval.

 

Staff recommends approval.

 

First Reading

City Council held a public hearing and first reading on September 26, 2022 and voted 7 to 0 to approve the request.

 

Description/History

Existing Use:  Cemetery

Existing Zoning: SF-7.5/12 and PR

 

Surrounding Land Use & Zoning:                     

North -                      Single-family residences, Mansfield Community Cemetery and McClendon Park East, PR, SF-7.5/12 and PD

South -                     Vacant and industrial, I-1

East -                      Mausoleum/cemetery, PD

West -                      Vacant and McClendon Park East, PR and I-1

 

Comments and Considerations

The Mansfield Cemetery Association and Mansfield Community Cemetery Association have requested a Historic Landmark Overlay District classification for the historic cemeteries at 750 W. Kimball Street. This designation will honor both cemeteries’ historic significance. The property is zoned PR.

 

Approval of this designation will create the City’s first Historic District containing more than one historic property. The district will not merge the cemeteries together; they will continue to be separate cemeteries with their individual historic identities and cemetery associations. 

 

By city ordinance, landmark designation requests may only be made by the owner of the property. A landmark designation does not change the underlying zoning on the property.

 

Mansfield 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 S. Man and sister-in-law of Julian Feild, Mansfield’s co-founders, was buried.

 

Inventories in 1950 and 1980 record 819 grave markers, but there also are large numbers of unmarked graves. Markers are typically granite, limestone and marble. Several Civil War, World War I and World War II veterans are buried in the Mansfield Cemetery 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.

 

The Cemetery is an officially recognized historic resource of the City of Mansfield.

 

Mansfield Community Cemetery

Adjacent to the Cumberland section is the 1.32-acre Mansfield Community Cemetery, formerly known as the “Colored” Cemetery. Fifteen of the 83 marked graves could be descendants of Nathan Moody, a slave of Captain Thomas O. Moody, a Confederate officer, buried in the Cumberland section. Veterans of both World Wars are also buried in the Mansfield Community Cemetery.

 

Markers in the Mansfield Community Cemetery are often less elaborate and included stones, shells and other folk art arrangements. A fence dividing the white and black cemeteries was removed in 2018.

 

It is believed that Ralph Man donated the land, since this portion of the city was part of his 246-acre farm, which remained occupied by the Man family until 1942. Maintenance of the cemetery is a community effort led by Bethlehem Baptist Church.

 

The Cemetery is an officially recognized historic resource of the City of Mansfield.

 

Designation Criteria

The Historic Landmark Overlay District designation should be considered in light of the following criteria:

 

1.                     Exemplification of the cultural, economic, social, ethnic, or historical heritage of the City.

 

The Mansfield Cemetery and Mansfield Community Cemetery are two of the most important historic resources in Mansfield. They serve as a directory of early residents and reflect the ethnic diversity and unique population of the area and contributes to the narrative of Mansfield’s history.

 

2.                     Identification with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the culture or development of the City.

 

Both cemeteries contain the grave sites of many of Mansfield’s early families and community leaders.

 

3.                     A place that because of its location has become of historic or cultural value to a neighborhood or community.

 

The cemeteries are located at the western edge of the Original Town of Mansfield. Unlike smaller family cemeteries, their proximity to the historic downtown and the adjacent farming districts provided burial space for the community and are still in use today.

 

Prepared By

Art Wright, Senior Planner/HPO

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