October 12, 2004

New York Marble Cemetery

POST #    1340

After visiting the NYC Marble Cemetery, I visited the New York Marble Cemetery, which was only a block away. The New York Marble Cemetery was the first non sectarian burial place in New York City and was incorporated in 1931 (the NYC Marble Cemetery opened afterwards because the NY Marble Cemetery was so popular).

There are no markers for the entombed on the ground in the New York Marble Cemetery, but marble plaques on the walls mark who lies in the tombs below. The cemetery is showing signs of aging, as the walls are deteriorating, with some in dire need of structural support. The vaults however, are in good condition. Something I found interesting is that the reason for burial in vaults below the ground, as opposed to regular in-ground burial, was because of the fear of yellow fever. Laws during the time prohibited earth graves, which resulted in the marble vaults 10 feet below ground.

Posted by tien mao in NYC, Photos at 7:57 AM



you certainly hit a lot of cemeteries this weekend, tien.

Posted by: corie at October 12, 2004 11:25 AM

yes, and all my readers get to see more tomorrow. i'm slow with my pictures. and lazy.

it was the morbid trifecta.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 12, 2004 11:27 AM

A sad period in our history - when marble and non-marble had segregated cemeteries.

Posted by: matt at October 12, 2004 9:44 PM

And Preserved Fish is buried in Marble Cemetery.


Posted by: Kevin Walsh at October 14, 2004 12:32 AM

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