Erie Street Cemetery

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Erie Street Cemetery
Cemetery gate facing East 9th St.
Erie Street Cemetery is located in Cleveland
Erie Street Cemetery
Location in Cleveland
Location2254 East 9th Street
Cleveland, Ohio
CountryUnited States
Coordinates41°29′52″N 81°40′54″W / 41.49778°N 81.68167°W / 41.49778; -81.68167Coordinates: 41°29′52″N 81°40′54″W / 41.49778°N 81.68167°W / 41.49778; -81.68167
Owned byCity of Cleveland[1]
Size8.9 acres (3.6 ha)[1]
No. of interments17,936[1]
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Erie Street Cemetery is a historic cemetery in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It is the city's oldest existing cemetery.[2]


The cemetery was established in 1826 at what was then the edge of the city,[2] taking its name from East 9th Street's original name.[3] It was the city's first permanent cemetery, replacing a community burial ground just south of Public Square.[4] Many of Cleveland's earliest pioneers and leaders are buried there, including Lorenzo Carter, the city's first permanent white settler; and John W. Willey, the city's first mayor.[5] The cemetery was open to members of all faiths.[3]

During the administration of Mayor Tom L. Johnson in the early 20th century, bodies were moved from the cemetery to the municipally-owned Highland Park Cemetery, and parts of the cemetery were vacated for city streets. The Pioneers' Memorial Association was formed in 1915 to advocate for the cemetery. In 1925, its future was secured when City Manager William R. Hopkins decided to build the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge around, rather than through, the cemetery.[3]

Improvements and maintenance have been performed by groups including the Works Progress Administration and the Cleveland Grays.[5] It was designated as an official Ohio historical site in October 2009,[6] and it is a Cleveland City Landmark.[7] Honors students at Cuyahoga Community College have conducted research about people buried in the cemetery.[8]

Notable interments[edit]

Among the cemetery's more than 17,000 interments are veterans who participated in conflicts from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish–American War.[5] Notable burials at Erie Street Cemetery include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Cemeteries". City of Cleveland. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Cimperman, John D. (2011). Erie Street Cemetery. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9780738583426. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Erie Street Cemetery". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. February 13, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  4. ^ Busta-Peck, Christopher (April 9, 2010). "Erie Street Cemetery". Cleveland Area History. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Fearing, Heidi. "Erie Street Cemetery". Cleveland Historical. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  6. ^ Okoben, Janet (October 14, 2009). "Cuyahoga Community College honors students want to breathe new life into Cleveland's Erie Street Cemetery". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  7. ^ "Cleveland Designated Landmarks: Property Detail". Cleveland City Planning Commission. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  8. ^ Suchetka, Diane (October 24, 2010). "Erie Street Cemetery, Cleveland's Old Chinatown: Whatever happened to ... ?". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  9. ^ Cimperman, John D. (2011). Erie Street Cemetery. San Francisco: Arcadia Publishing. p. 25.
  10. ^ "Joc-O-Sot, or Walking Bear". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. August 16, 2002. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  11. ^ Cimperman, John D. (2011). Erie Street Cemetery. San Francisco: Arcadia Publishing. p. 17.