Established in 1955, St. Peter’s Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in St. Louis, MO. Located at 2101 Lucas and Hunt Road, tall black gates open into 119 acres of well-maintained grounds bordered on one side by a beautiful rock wall. The cemetery is under endowed care (beginning in 1912) and is currently managed by St. Peter’s Evangelical Church.
In addition to numerous graves that showcase gravestone symbolism at its best , St. Peter’s Cemetery also has a chapel, a mausoleum complex with cremation niches, a columbarium and garden crypts. Some famous people interred at St. Peter’s include:
- James ‘Cool Papa’ Bell – Born: May 17, 1903 | Died: March 7, 1991. Hall of Fame baseball player known for his amazing speed.
- Wendell Pruitt – Born: June 20, 1920 | Died: April 15, 1945. A Tuskegee Airman, Pruitt shot down three German airplanes and helped sink an enemy ship – he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with seven clusters. He was killed in a training exercise at Tuskegee Air Force Base.
- Anna C. White – Born: Unknown | Died: 1996. A Democratic Committeewoman, she was a delegate at the 1960 Democratic Convention where she endorsed John F. Kennedy’s bid for President of the United States.
Here are some pictures I took during a recent visit to St. Peter’s. I apologize for the time-date stamp on the pictures…I couldn’t figure out how to change it on the camera menu and it was getting dark so I just went with it. I’m a gravetender, not a photographer:)