Common Burying Ground and Island Cemetery

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Common Burying Ground
and Island Cemetery
Common Burying Ground Newport.JPG
Location Newport, Rhode Island
Area 31 acres (13 ha)
Built 1640
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Beaux Arts, Other, Romanesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #

74000044

[1]
Added to NRHP May 1, 1974

The Common Burying Ground and Island Cemetery are a pair of separate cemeteries on Farewell and Warner Street in Newport, Rhode Island. Together they contain over 5,000 graves, including a colonial era slave cemetery and Jewish graves. The pair of cemeteries was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a single listing in 1974.[1]

Description[edit]

The Common Burial Ground was established in 1640 on land given to city of Newport by John Clarke.[2] It features an unparalleled collection of colonial era headstones including the largest number of colonial African American headstones in the country. The predominantly African-American northern section of the cemetery is commonly referred to by local African-Americans as "God's Little Acre".

The Island Cemetery was established by the city in 1836, and transferred to the private Island Cemetery Corporation in 1848.[2] Many members of Newport's most prominent families have been buried there over the years.

Notable burials[edit]

Prominent people buried in the Common Burial Ground[edit]

Prominent people buried in the Island Cemetery[edit]

See also[edit]

Images[edit]

Common Burial Ground[edit]

Island Cemetery[edit]

References and external links[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Common Burying Ground and Island Cemetery". Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 

Coordinates: 41°29′47″N 71°18′56″W / 41.49639°N 71.31556°W / 41.49639; -71.31556