Lake View Cemetery (Seattle)

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Lake View Cemetery
Seattle - Nisei War Memorial 02.jpg
Nisei War Memorial, Lake View Cemetery
TypePrivate, non-profit
Owned byLake View Cemetery Association
Size40 acres (16 ha)
No. of graves40,000
Find a Grave76890

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.



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.[2][3] 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.[3] 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.[3]

The cemetery has a memorial to Confederate veterans erected in 1926 by Seattle's chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, near the site of 11 graves, the only burial ground in the Northwest of Confederate soldiers.[4][5] During the 2020 George Floyd protests, the memorial was toppled by unknown persons on July 3, 2020. It had been criticized by protestors, and targeted with vandalism and graffiti in recent years.[6]

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  1. ^ Henry, Mary T. (10 August 2011), "Yee, Amy Woo (1922 -2000)", HistoryLink
  2. ^ Shannon, Robin (2008), Cemeteries of Seattle, Arcadia Publishing, p. 11, ISBN 9781439642306
  3. ^ a b c Tsuboi, Tony (May 2013), "Nisei War Memorial Monument", Nisei Veterans Committee Newsletter, Nisei Veterans Committee, 63 (5)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ McNerthney, Casey (August 17, 2017), "Why is a Confederate memorial in Seattle? A Q and A about its creation", KIRO-TV
  6. ^ "Huge Confederate monument toppled at Seattle's Lake View Cemetery". KOMO News. July 4, 2020. Retrieved July 4, 2020.

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