Lake View Cemetery (Seattle)

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Lake View Cemetery
Seattle - Nisei War Memorial 02.jpg
Nisei War Memorial, Lake View Cemetery
Established 1872
Location Seattle, Washington
Country US
Type Private, non-profit
Owned by Lake View Cemetery Association
Size 40 acres (16 ha)
No. of graves 40,000
Find a Grave 76890

Lake View Cemetery is a private cemetery located in Seattle, Washington, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, just north of Volunteer Park. Known as "Seattle's Pioneer Cemetery," it is run by an independent, non-profit association. It was founded in 1872 as the Seattle Masonic Cemetery and later renamed for its view of Lake Washington to the east.


Memorial to Confederate soldiers


Lake View includes the Nisei War Memorial Monument, a 21-foot column erected in 1949, listing the names of 47 Japanese American soldiers from Seattle who were killed during World War II.[1][2] The Nisei Veterans Committee, in response to the US Army's plans in late 1947 to return Washington's Nisei war dead, began a door-to-door fundraising campaign in the Puget Sound region, collecting donations of $1 to $5, and raising over $10,000 to construct the memorial.[2] Later, 9 more names of Seattle area service members of Japanese ancestry killed in Korea, Vietnam and Granada were added to names on the memorial.[2]

The cemetery has a memorial to Confederate veterans erected in 1926 by Seattle's chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, on the site of 11 graves, the only burial ground in the Northwest of Confederate soldiers.[3][4] In 2017, in response to the Charlottesville, Virginia Unite the Right rally, and the increased pace of the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials in other parts of the country, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said, "Seattle needs to join with cities and towns across the country who are sending a strong message by taking these archaic symbols down," acknowldeging that Lake View is private property outside the city's control.[5] Murray also called for the removal of the Statue of Lenin in Fremont, also on private property, prompting the Seattle City Council to consider debating a symbolic resolution asking for the removal of the two monuments.[6] Washington State Senator Reuven Carlyle responded with a defense of artistic freedom and political commentary, and of the value of art, even when it is offensive.[7]

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  1. ^ Shannon, Robin (2008), Cemeteries of Seattle, Arcadia Publishing, p. 11, ISBN 9781439642306 
  2. ^ a b c Tsuboi, Tony (May 2013), "Nisei War Memorial Monument", Nisei Veterans Committee Newsletter, Nisei Veterans Committee, 63 (5) 
  3. ^ Clarridge, Christine (August 16, 2017), "Seattle's own monument to the Confederacy was erected on Capitol Hill in 1926 — and it's still there", The Seattle Times 
  4. ^ McNerthney, Casey (August 17, 2017), "Why is a Confederate memorial in Seattle? A Q and A about its creation", KIRO-TV 
  5. ^ Cornwell, Paige (August 16, 2017), "Mayor Murray expresses concern about Confederate monument in Seattle cemetery", The Seattle Times 
  6. ^ deGrandpre August 19, Andrew, "In Seattle, people are protesting monuments to the Confederacy — and communism", The Washington Post 
  7. ^ Carlyle, Reuven (August 17, 2017), "Thoughts on why Lenin statue should not be removed", State Senator from Washington's 36th Legislative District [website], archived from the original on August 18, 2017, retrieved August 18, 2017 

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Coordinates: 47°38′02″N 122°18′55″W / 47.63389°N 122.31528°W / 47.63389; -122.31528