Central Burying Ground, Boston

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Central Burying Ground, Boston Common, 2008

The Central Burying Ground is a cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts. It was established on Boston Common in 1756. It is located on Boylston Street between Tremont Street and Charles Street.

Famous burials there include the artist Gilbert Stuart, painter of the famed portraits of George Washington and Martha Washington, and the composer William Billings, who wrote the famous colonial hymn "Chester." Also buried there are Samuel Sprague and his son, Charles Sprague, one of America's earliest poets. Samuel Sprague was a participant in the Boston Tea Party and fought in the American Revolutionary War.

When the Tremont Street subway was under construction in the 1890s, burials were discovered in the area abutting the cemetery. These were reinterred in a mass grave within the bounds of the burying ground.

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  1. ^ a b King's hand-book of Boston. 1889; p.240
  2. ^ Ogden Codman, comp. Gravestone inscriptions and records of tomb burials in the Central burying ground, Boston Common: and inscriptions in the South burying ground, Boston. The Essex Institute, 1917
  3. ^ City of Boston. "Central Burying Central". Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  4. ^ Bacon. Book of Boston: fifty years' recollections of the New England metropolis. 1916.

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Coordinates: 42°21′10″N 71°03′57″W / 42.35276°N 71.06597°W / 42.35276; -71.06597