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Common Burial Ground

Common Burying Ground
and Island Cemetery
Location Newport, Rhode Island
Built 1640
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Beaux Arts, Other, Romanesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP May 1, 1974

Common Burying Ground and Island Cemetery are a pair of separate cemeteries on Farewell and Warner Street in Newport, Rhode Island. Together they contain over 5,000 graves, including a colonial era slave cemetery and Jewish graves. The pair of cemeteries was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a single listing in 1974.[1]

The Common Burial Ground dates to the 17th century and is owned by the city of Newport. It features an unparalleled collection of colonial era headstones including the largest number of colonial African American headstones in the country. The predominantly African-American northern section of the cemetery is commonly referred to by local African-Americans as "God's Little Acre".

The Island Cemetery is a private cemetery started in the middle 19th century. Many members of Newport's most prominent families have been buried there over the years.

Notable burials

Prominent people buried in the Common Burial Ground

Prominent people buried in the Island Cemetery

See also

  • Touro Cemetery, the old Jewish cemetery at Newport
  • Coddington Cemetery, where six colonial Rhode Island governors are buried
  • Clifton Burying Ground, where four colonial Rhode Island governors are buried


Common Burial Ground

Island Cemetery

References and external links

  • Colonial Slave Cemetery information
  • History of Newport County, Rhode Island," ed. Richard M. Bayles, NY, 1888 (description of common cemetery)
  • NPS site official info

Coordinates: 41°29′47″N 71°18′56″W / 41.49639°N 71.31556°W / 41.49639; -71.31556

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