It is estimated that as many as 100,000 people are buried there, many more than the 30,000 residents who currently live on the island.
It is in the northwest section of the Old Town area of the island.
In 1847 it was established at its current location after an 1846 hurricane washed dead bodies from the earlier cemetery out of the coastal sand dunes on Whitehead Point near the West Martello Towers. An African Memorial Cemetery was dedicated beside the West Martello Tower in 2009. Slaves, ill from the sea voyage to slavery in "The New World," were buried there prior to the US Civil War.
One headstone has a birthdate of 1792. Another records a death in 1843.
Battleship Maine memorial section
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. FL-191, "Memorial to the U. S. Battleship Maine, Key West Cemetery, Key West, Monroe County, FL", 3 data pages, supplemental material