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New York Marble Cemetery
New York, New York County, New York
|New York Marble Cemetery
GPS: 40.725626, -73.990958
41 1/2 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
Published: October 15, 2016
Total records: 2,489
New York Marble Cemetery was incorporated in 1831, as the first non-sectarian burial place in New York City. It's not be to confused with "New York City Marble Cemetery", which is located nearby. At the time of its establishment, it had been located on the northern edge of development, which today lies in the middle of Lower Manhattan.
The idea for the cemetery came about in response to fears about yellow fever outbreaks during the early 1800's. Legislation had outlawed earth graves, so marble vaults the size of small rooms were built ten feet underground in the excavated interior of the block bounded by Second Avenue, Second Street, Third Street and the Bowery.
The cemetery is only a half-acre in size, and contains 156 vaults buried underground. There are no markers on the ground, only stone tablets on the surrounding walls with names inscribed on them. Today, the cemetery still operates, but hosts garden parties on its grounds.
As the city grew larger over the decades, families moved the remains of their loved ones out of New York Marble Cemetery to other cemetreries, opening up space for newer interments. Since its founding, over 2,400 remains have been moved in and out of New York Marble Cemetery.
The first of the burial was a child of Dr. Post in 1830, the last was Charles Janeway VanZandt in 1937. Probably half of the burials are children who died of diseases.
Records published here were acquired from New York Marble Cemetery on October 15, 2016.
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