The ones that came first were wrecked
but one is giving up its secrets.
Those who study it have a marker
you can see from slightly west.
By the wayside, see center and stone
and neither should get a snub.
The key you seek is in the name
of the third and final club.
African-American history here
may be found in a new brochure.
You may have noticed it before
while on this very tour.
Spend some time to read it.
And find your key in the name
of the Spanish admiral who
had their help to build the fort.
Yellow fever came in waves in Pensacola
filling the cemeteries in multiple years.
In a corner of the mason’s ground
ten small stones tell one of these years.
West of these another year’s victim rests,
her importance supported by historic names.
Amid older dates on a newer stone,
your key is the longest word you see.
A new marker’s on the busy street
that runs behind the new-named center.
Read of the storm-delayed dedication
that happened in ’07 and not ’06.
Fifty years it housed the rites
only to be outgrown.
Your key names the group on the
marker that finally moved on.
Seek Pace area history online and
find Friends of the Pace Library.
In their local history project M. Luther
introduces a Creek Grand Chief.
American Brigadier General, Spanish consular agent,
and silent partner in a trading company,
his true allegiance was always to his tribesmen.
Your key is in the name of this remarkable chief.