Second Shearith Cemetery (Active, 1805 -1829) - 72 West 11th Street, NYC - July 2008

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Vicente RbS on June 8, 2010

Lucia, voce sabe o significado deste obelisco? Parabens pelas fotos.

LuciaM on June 10, 2010

Hi Vicente,

I do not know if this obelisk has any particular significance. In the 19th Century, obelisks were a very popular type of grave marker in the US (and elsewhere) so that may be the reason that it was used.

This small historic cemetery is not open to the public; I took the photo through its gate. So I'm not sure whether there are any words still visible on the marker.

Thanks for stopping by my album. Best wishes from NYC!


Vicente RbS on June 18, 2010

Hi Lucia, fiquei curioso. pode ser de um maçon. eles usam obeliscos em suas sepulturas. Obrigado pela sua atenção. logo postarei mais fotos, assim que tiver um tempinho. Vicente

LuciaM on June 18, 2010

Hi Vicente,

This cemetery belongs to a Portuguese and Spanish Sephardic Jewish congregation, which used it from 1805 to 1829. It was actually the only Jewish congregation in NYC from 1654 to 1825. (They have two other historical cemeteries in Manhattan. The older one dates to 1683. There's another obelisk marker in the background of that photo.) There were Jewish Masons AFAIK, so it's possible that was the reason for the obelisk, but obviously, I cannot say that for certain.


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